THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
DEATH OF SHAIKH ESSA OF BAHRAIN
I would like to express my deep sadness at the news that Shaikh Essa bin Salman Al-Khalifa of Bahrain has passed away. The prayers and condolences of all Americans go out to the royal family and the people of Bahrain.
The Emir was a good friend of the American people, and a good friend of peace. He shared our desire to see a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region. I take heart from the personal commitment to forwarding the cause of peace the Emir expressed during his recent June visit to the United States. The Emir shared his heartfelt hope to see peace come to his region in eloquent and passionate words.
Shaikh Essa did much to deepen and strengthen the historic relationship between America and Bahrain. He will be missed.