Bahrain denies Kuwait mediation move
Manama, March 28, 2011
Bahrain's foreign minister said on Monday it was 'completely untrue' that Kuwait would mediate to resolve Bahrain's political crisis.
The kingdom's leading opposition group Wefaq said on Sunday it would accept an offer by Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to mediate between the ruling family and opposition groups.
Earlier this month, Bahrain's rulers imposed martial law and called in troops from Gulf neighbours to quell weeks of unrest during anti-government demonstrations.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said on his Twitter page there were no plans for Kuwaiti-led dialogue.
'Any talk about Kuwaiti mediation in Bahrain is completely untrue, there were previous efforts that were not answered, but these were ended by the act of National Safety (martial law).'
The Gulf Cooperation Council had welcomed the mediation move on Sunday. 'We hope that this initiative will be in the interest of security and stability,' Secretary-General Abdulrahman Al-Attiyah told reporters in Kuwait.
Kuwait daily Al-Seyassah said on Sunday that a Wefaq delegation was to meet Kuwaiti politicians including Parliament Speaker Jassem al-Kharafi, citing unnamed political sources.
Wefaq member Jasim Husaid said Ali Al-Matrook, a Kuwaiti businessman, was one of the mediators. - Reuters