Bahraini lawmakers visit Doha to help secure fishermen’s release

June 13, 2010

A Bahraini parliamentarian committee will head to Doha on Tuesday to help solve a bitter standoff between the two neighbours over the detention of Bahrain-based fishermen.

The foreign affairs, defence and national security committee will be headed by its chairman, MP Adel Al Mouawda, and will include the six lawmakers who make it up.

In the discussion of the latest developments on the issue of the fishermen and ways to deepen bilateral relations, the committee will highlight the existence of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) accords to foster trade in the seas similar to the agreements on land commerce, parliament sources said on Monday.

The six GGC member states have signed agreements to treat GCC citizens like their own nationals in several sectors.

Tension between Bahrain and Qatar escalated in the last four weeks after a Bahraini fisherman was shot allegedly for not heeding warnings by the Qatari coastguards. Adel Al Taweel, 37, was one of 107 Bahraini and Asian fishermen held by Doha for straying into its waters.

Manama has been calling for their release and for the adoption of new legal measures ruling fishing in the GCC waters, but Qatar has insisted on taking legal action against the intruders and has allowed some of the detainees to go home after paying fines.

The visit by the parliamentarian committee is a new step by Manama to ease the tension and end the standoff. Similar visits by a medical delegation and human rights activists have failed to secure the release of all fishermen.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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