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UK welcomes announcement of a National Dialogue and the lifting of the State of National Safety in Bahrain

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Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said it is now critical that there is concrete change and genuine political reform, to ensure long term stability in Bahrain.

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said:

“We welcome the King’s announcement of a National Dialogue and the lifting of the State of National Safety. It’s now critical that there is concrete change and genuine political reform, the only way to ensuring long term stability.

We remain deeply concerned by reports of human rights abuses, including the recent arrests of protestors and medical staff and the nature of the charges brought against them. We continue strongly to urge the Government of Bahrain to meet all its human rights obligations and uphold political freedoms, equal access to justice and the rule of law.”