Bahrain reassures Tunisian community

January 16, 2011

King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa has pledged Bahrain’s full assistance to the Tunisian community living in the country.

“All Tunisians are under the full care of Bahrain and they are here among their brothers and will not lack anything,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said, attributing his statement to directives from King Hamad.

“Bahrain will do its utmost to remove any obstacle that the Tunisian brothers living in Bahrain may face,” the minister said in a statement carried by Bahrain News Agency.

According to the Tunisian embassy in Manama, around 1,300 Tunisians live in Bahrain, mainly in the education, training and financial sectors.

Bahrain on Saturday said that it was observing political developments in Tunisia and stressed the importance of calm and stability to preserve the interests of the country and people.

Manama also emphasised the need to abide by the constitution and state institutions and to respect the Tunisian people’s aspirations for reform and stability.

In its official reaction to the developments in the Northern African country, Bahrain expressed hope that Tunisia would “overcome the current situation and resume its position and its constructive role within the Arab world.”

Manama offered its condolences to the families of the victims who died in the recent incidents, the official statement said.

On Saturday evening, members of Bahrain’s major political formations placed flowers in front of the Tunisian embassy in Manama to pay respects to the fallen victims of the social protests and express solidarity with the Tunisian people.



About the author

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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