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British Ambassador Offers Praise and Cooperation in Bahrain’s Reform Process;
Warns of Iranian Interference in Bahrain’s Internal Affairs
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The British Ambassador to Bahrain,HE Mr. Iain Lindsay, praised King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa's reform project and hisinitiative in establishing the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI)
During a roundtable discussion, under the theme "External Factors in Bahraini-BritishRelations: Scope of Regional Cooperation" at a British-Bahraini Relations forum in Bahrainyesterday, Lindsay condemned the street violence that continues in Bahrain despite initiativescalling for peace, dialogue, and observing law and order. He singled out the Ministry of Interior for its handling of violent incidents in an appropriate manner.The Ambassador referred to a meeting between the British Prime Minister and HM the King,where they discussed the possibility for Bahrain to benefit from Britain's experience indealing with the street violence seen in Northern Ireland.
At the roundtable, Lindsay discussed regional developments, and voiced his country'sapprehension about Iranian nuclear ambitions, warning that a nuclear Iran poses a great threatto Middle East security.
HE Mr. Lindsay went on to accuse Iran of supporting terrorism, highlighting their role inAfghanistan. He discussed Iranian attempts to destabilize the region through Hezbollah andmilitias in Iraq, as well as supplying equipment and logistics to the Syrian regime. He also
spoke about the Iranian regime’s violations of Human Rights.
The British Ambassador praised the vital role played by Bahrain in fighting terrorism andoverseas piracy, and spoke highly of Bahrain's current developments and its open business-friendly atmosphere. He called on British investors to invest in the Kingdom of Bahrain inorder to take advantage of the attractive investment potential and regional competition.