Washington is concerned about the expulsion of Manama, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State

Posted on July 11, 2014


The United States expressed concern about the authorities’ decision to expel Bahrain Assistant Secretary of State diplomat, Tom Malinowski, who was on a visit to Manama. The Manama authorities announced the expulsion of Malinowski, accused of interfering in the internal affairs of the country, after a meeting with leaders of the Shiite opposition group Wefaq. The U.S. official, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, visited Bahrain on Sunday. The U.S. State Department said the visit arranged in coordination with the Bahraini authorities. The spokeswoman said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jane Sacchi said in a statement that the visit of Thomas Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, have been coordinated in advance with Bahrain and Manama government “well aware” that U.S. officials visiting meet traditionally with various political groups. She added that Bahrain Sacchi insisted that a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was present in all the informal meetings of the Assistant Secretary Malinowski with individuals and groups who represent a broad spectrum of Bahraini society, including those held at the U.S. Embassy. ” According to the official Bahrain News Agency that Malinowski: “met with a certain party at the expense of other parties, and in that distinction between the sons of one people, and prejudice to the standards of diplomatic relations between the countries.” Despite the expulsion of the diplomat, confirmed that the Bahraini Foreign relations with the United States remain good, the ministry said in a statement: “The government of Bahrain stresses that this can not in any way affect the relations between the two countries and their common interests.”

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