US Secretary says that radical reform is needed in Bahrain

Political reforms in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain must begin with more than “baby steps” according to the top US defence official, who spoke out at the weekend following a visit to the US ally.

Robert Gates, US Defence Secretary met with met with the Sunni al-Khalifa family, who rule Bahrain about their growing challenges following the the disgruntled Shi’ite minority of their country.

Seven people were killed in recent clashes with security forces and the true depth of Bahrain’s sectarian rift has been revealed, as well as a resentment towards naturalized foreigners who are working and living in Bahrain.

Gates said that when he met with the ruling family of Bahrain, he told them that major reform is needed and that “baby steps would not be enough to make a difference. As violence continues in Libya, and the future of Egypt and Tunisia looks uncertain, Gates flew to Bahrain form a NATO meeting in Brussels at the end of last week to address the issue of mounting anger amongst the population against the privileged ruling classes.

Thousands of protesters were blocked by police on before they reached the royal court. The march took place on the same day that protests were planned in Saudi Arabia, the top exporter of oil in the world. However, heavy policing prevented the protests there.



  • Share this post:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • Digg
In the Press
  • The Sunday Post Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com: Early booking using comparison sites including Carrentals.co.uk can slash up to 70%
  • The Daily Mail For the best deals, use price comparison websites such as Carrentals.co.uk.
  • The Daily Telegraph Check out car hire comparison sites such as Carrentals.co.uk to see the prices on offer at dozens of car hire companies.

Cookies on Carrentals.co.uk

Copyright 2003 ASAP Ventures Ltd

All rights reserved

Registered in England and Wales

Company number 4278063

Registered office address

1 The Square, Lightwater, Surrey, GU18 5SS