PARIS, France – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized the commitment of the United States toward Bahrain and her hope for the success of the National Dialogue in the island kingdom. She also affirmed the “sovereign right” of Bahrain to invite security forces from allied countries, and stated that the U.S. shared the goals of the GCC regarding Bahrain.
Since the uprising in Bahrain began, Bahrain’s Crown Prince has called on all parties to engage in a dialogue to reconcile differences. Secretary Clinton said the goal of the United States is “a credible political process that can address the legitimate aspirations of all the people of Bahrain.”
Ambassador Houda Nonoo appreciated the Secretary’s comments that dialogue should unfold in a peaceful, positive atmosphere that ensures that students can go to school, businesses can operate and people can undertake their normal daily activities. Said Ambassador Nonoo, “The government of Bahrain has consistently maintained that differences should be resolved peacefully around the negotiating table, but unfortunately, the opposition has not responded to this offer and instead has chosen to continue along the path of violence and disruption of normal life in Bahrain. It is my government’s belief that wisdom will prevail among the opposition and they will come to the negotiating table to resolve all differences peacefully.”