I called the Bahraini Foreign Minister on 31 January to express our concern at the increased levels of violence on the street, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the 'Day of Rage' on 14 February. We urge all parties to show restraint and call on other leaders to do the same.
I also encouraged the authorities to continue implementing fully the Independent Commission of Inquiry's recommendations, as promised by His Majesty the King in November. This is crucial for the long-term stability of the kingdom.
Our ambassador in Manama has delivered the same messages during his recent calls with the King, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Interior Minister.