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Statement on the PM's meeting with King of Bahrain

Prime Minister David Cameron and the King of Bahrain discussed strengthening respect for human rights and implementing reforms in Bahrain.

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Prime Minister David Cameron met with the King of Bahrain at Downing Street.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister had a useful meeting with the King of Bahrain this morning.

Their discussions focussed on the King’s plans to implement reforms in the country, following on from the protests earlier this year and the report from the Independent Commission of Inquiry.

The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of strengthening respect for human rights in Bahrain. He urged the King to deliver swiftly on the commitments he has made to implement the recommendations from the Inquiry and to drive forward reform and reconciliation in the country, engaging with the opposition as part of that process.

The King welcomed the Prime Minister’s offer of expertise to help with the reform process in Bahrain, particularly to improve the judicial system there.

The leaders also discussed how they could boost trade co-operation between the two countries and the opportunities for British business to invest in Bahrain, particularly in the infrastructure sector.

Published 12 December 2011