Bahrain breaks silence on leaked diplomatic cables

December 2, 2010
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Bahrain has become one of the first Arab countries to break the silence that followed initial official Arab reactions to the leak of private conversations between Arab and US officials, by saying that the leaked documents reflected the US understanding of their meetings.

“The illegally-leaked and published US documents by the WikiLeaks website reflect US officials’ own analysis and understanding of the conclusions of their joint meetings with the leaders and officials in the region as well as from other relevant events,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the foreign minister, said.

“Jumping to one-sided conclusions based on such understandings will undoubtedly lead to false, incorrect and inaccurate results that would not serve security and stability in the region,” he said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

According to the minister, Bahrain has also called for adherence of all countries in the region, to relevant working international laws and conventions.

“The foreign policy of the Kingdom of Bahrain on regional issues has clearly been declared and confirmed in all of our joint meetings with international officials, as well as in our public statements, official meetings or press conferences,” the foreign minister said.

Bahrain has always stressed the right of all countries to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as well as the need for Middle East to be free from all weapons of mass destruction, the foreign minister said.

Shaikh Khalid, an avid user of Twitter has stressed since the first posting of the conversations the importance of quiet diplomacy.

“Quiet diplomacy is what we need. Documents show up later in accordance with laws of secrecy in different countries,” he tweeted.

According to the veteran diplomat, WikiLeaks is weakening diplomacy in general and US diplomacy in particular. “This is not good for global stability. We need more diplomacy,” he wrote.

In Kuwait, lawmakers have urged the government to comment on the conversations between Kuwaiti and US officials.

“Lapsing into silence does not help address the issue. The authorities have to either admit or deny what was reported,” MP Salah Al Mulla said.

Husain Mazeed, another lawmaker, said that he regretted the leaks, but urged the government to comment on them.

However, MP Faisal Al Duwaisan said that the main issue was not official comments, but the new image of the US in the Arab world.

“The US has become like a kiss and tell wife. The US is now that wife who leaves her husband and reveals all his secrets,” he told Kuwaiti daily Al Rai. “Nobody can trust the US anymore. Arab and global leaders have now to be very cautious about the sting of the US scorpion.”

The lawmaker paid tribute to the Iranian president for “thwarting US plans to cause friction between Arabs and Iran.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed the cables that vilified Iran and highlighted Arab leaders’ calls to attack its nuclear programme as “psychological warfare against Iran” that would not affect its relations with other countries.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/bahrain-breaks-silence-on-leaked-diplomatic-cables-1.721537

         

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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • University of Bahrain
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