Bahrain will always be an Arab State

Amman, Feb4(BNA)A top official today defended Bahrain’s deep-rooted Arab identity. “Bahrain will never become Persian”, His Majesty the King’s Advisor for media affairs Nabil bin Yacoub Al-Hamer said. In a statement to CNN Arabic, he said that no country in the world would tolerate what the opposition did in Bahrain. He downplayed the potential impact

Amman, Feb4(BNA)A top official today defended Bahrain’s deep-rooted Arab identity. “Bahrain will never become Persian”, His Majesty the King’s Advisor for media affairs Nabil bin Yacoub Al-Hamer said.

In a statement to CNN Arabic, he said that no country in the world would tolerate what the opposition did in Bahrain. He downplayed the potential impact of the rapprochement between the US and Iran on Bahrain Government’s stance towards the internal opposition, adding that the Kingdom has nothing to do with that.

Speaking on the sidelines of the signing of an agreement with the Jordanian Ministry of Political Affairs, he described dialogue as the viable solution to address problems anywhere.

He announced that the national dialogue may resume within two weeks at the initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

“I think that Bahrain is on the right path”, he said, stressing the importance of consensus between different parties before the dialogue. He outlined Bahrain’s human rights strides, announcing that the Kingdom would voluntary submit an official report to Geneva-based UN next month.

He voiced dismay over the stance of Jordanian parties which criticize Bahrain, claiming the Kingdom has no democratic practices. He denied the allegations saying that Shia citizens are holding high official positions, including the position of Deputy Prime Minister.

He highlighted Bahrain’s sectarian diversity, saying that exclusion does not exist in the Kingdom. In this regard, he said that a Jewish citizen served as Bahrain Ambassador to the United States, while a Christian lady is serving as Bahrain’s ambassador to the UK.

Mr. Al-Hamer said that the February-March 2011 unrest had nothing to do with any legitimate popular demands. “What do you think of a leading figure who announced the establishment of the Islamic Republic on February 14?”, he said, accusing some opposition forces in Bahrain of following “foreign agendas”.

“The sectarian terror groups receive directives to commit acts of sabotage, violence and terrorism while professing to be peaceful and advocate popular demands”, he said. He said that Bahrain tolerates any national peaceful movement, providing it renounces sabotage and terror. He pointed out that Bahrain would never accept any group advocating sabotage, citing recent attempts to smuggle arms from Iran and Iraq.

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