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MoFA affirms that statements made by US Secretary of State are incorrect and reveal a deep misunderstanding of facts

The honorable Mr. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State of the United States of America’s comments about the Kingdom of Bahrain on August 15, 2017 are inappropriate, disappointing, and ill-informed. They reflect a deep misunderstanding of the facts on the ground.

We take this opportunity to remind the Secretary of Bahrain's proud history of coexistence and religious harmony. All of our communities and denominations in Bahrain, including our Shia community, have and continue to serve as prosecutors and judges, journalists and academics, diplomats, military officers, policemen and women, members of the cabinet and parliament, and business persons and students -- all of whom put the national interest above all else.

The Kingdom of Bahrain affirms that any detentions or arrests are undertaken based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity according to the laws of the Kingdom of Bahrain without regard to race, sect, national or ethnic origin, or gender. The same is true for the provision of social services and access to opportunities throughout our history.

We urge the respected United States Department of State to engage in direct consultations, more accurate and nuanced fact finding, and sophisticated analysis, before commenting on our government and society.

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  • *Ministry of Foreign Affairs' is responsible for coordinating and implementing all matters related to the nation's foreign policy, Bahrain's relations with other countries and international organizations, and to protecting the interests of Bahraini citizens abroad.

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