Bahrain bans Lebanon travel
Manama, March 23, 2011
Bahrain warned its nationals on Tuesday not to travel to Lebanon for their own safety after comments from Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.
'Due to the threats and interference that Bahrain has faced from terrorist elements, it warns and advises its nationals not to travel to Lebanon because of the dangers they may face that may affect their safety, and it advises nationals in Lebanon to leave immediately,' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The warning highlights growing tensions in the region. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had criticised the crackdown on protesters in Bahrain.
At least 1,500 Lebanese live in Bahrain and a group of expatriates issued a statement on Sunday, distancing the community from Nasrallah's comments.
Bahrain has withdrawn its top diplomats from Iran in a protest over the country's criticism of last week's crackdown on protesters in the kingdom.
In London, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal discussed the situation in Bahrain with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Cameron's office said.
It said Britain supported political dialogue that the Bahraini government says it is seeking to establish and encouraged all parties to take part in those talks. - Reuters