Bahrain: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 8th February 2012.

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Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact he has had with the authorities in Bahrain about recent developments in that country.

Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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.

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