Gulf States: Human Rights - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State 11:15 am, 8th February 2018

We have, as the noble Lord knows, a range of relationships and we build alliances. On Bahrain, I think that relationship is strong. Yes, we do have a defence alliance with Bahrain, and it is an ally in the Gulf, but because of the strength of that relationship we are not deterred from raising the issues of human rights, whatever the abuses may be, candidly, very clearly and in a very honest manner with our Bahraini counterparts.