Nov. 11 (UPI) — Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s solely serving prime minister since its independence from Britain in 1971, died Wednesday in the USA. He was 84.

Khalifa died on the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minn., Bahrain authorities officers stated. On the time of his loss of life, no different prime minister on this planet had been serving in a major ministerial position longer than he.

Khalifa took over as prime minister when Bahrain declared independence and his photograph and likeness are recurrently seen throughout the Persian Gulf nation of 1.5 million.

Khalifa is the son of Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who dominated the tiny island nation for practically 20 years whereas it was underneath British management.

“The prime minister performed a serious position in steering the dominion’s growth march all through its trendy historical past which had a constructive impression on the superior civilizational picture Bahrain enjoys now,” the Bahrain authorities stated in a press release.

“His efforts, forward-looking visions and statesmanship led to many achievements to the dominion, putting it at a sophisticated place with a worldwide popularity. His assumption of obligations assisted in shaping the great growth insurance policies.”

The federal government stated Khalifa labored particularly exhausting to enhance residents’ residing situations and develop Bahrain economically.

“This consciousness, which characterised the visions of [Khalifa] in his management of the federal government work over the previous many years, earned Bahrain a sophisticated standing because of its pioneering growth mannequin to realize complete development.”

Final month, Bahrain established formal relations with Israel for the primary time and was the fourth Center Japanese nation to take action in a matter of weeks.