The Bahraini king has praised the deployment of United Arab Emirates (UAE) troops to Bahrain, intensifying the crackdown on anti-regime protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain made the remarks during a meeting with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Thursday.
The praise came after UAE soldiers arrived in crisis-hit Bahrain to join Saudi Arabian troops, who were sent there earlier this week, to help the Bahraini crackdown on anti-government protests that have, so far, left several people dead.
On Friday, Bahrain TV showed footage of a convoy of troops from the UAE arriving in the capital.
“King Hamad praised Sheikh Khalifa’s unlimited support to the Kingdom of Bahrain and emphasized Bahrain’s keenness to strengthen fraternal ties with the UAE in all fields,” Emirates New Agency (WMA) reported.
Sheikh Abdullah also “renewed the UAE’s stand by Bahrain in all circumstances.”
Earlier, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said that three or four Persian Gulf countries would be sending troops to help quell the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Bahrain.
He further pointed out that the foreign forces would remain for as long as it took to bring calm after the demonstrations by anti-government protesters.
But on Thursday, Kuwait announced that it would not send troops to Bahrain, and instead, may try to mediate between the Bahraini government and the anti-government protesters.
Demonstrators have, since February 14, been demanding the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy along with the adoption of constitutional reforms.
At least 12 people have been killed and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, where the United States Fifth Fleet is based.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations have strongly condemned the military intervention and have called the action illegal. Presstv