7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Premier orders probe

MANAMA: An inquiry was ordered yesterday into the events that followed the docking of luxury cruise liner Brilliance of the Seas at Khalifa bin Salman Port on Saturday.

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa ordered the inquiry after taxi drivers allegedly demanded $300 to $400 for taking tourists to Manama. Newspapers also criticised the manner in which officials received the management of Royal Caribbean International, the world's largest cruise company. HRH the Premier said such incidents created a bad impression about Bahrain and ordered the suspension all officials concerned.

* UN rights chief in visit

MANAMA: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay will visit Bahrain soon as part of a Gulf tour. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nazar Al Baharna yesterday received UNHC agreement officer Ibrahim Salama and resident representative for the Middle East in Beirut Fateh Azzam and discussed preparations for the visit. They met representatives of NGOs and discussed issues relating to human rights in Bahrain. The topics will rank high on Ms Pillay's planned visit as part of Bahrain's international commitments.

* Meddling denied

MANAMA: Bahrain yesterday denied a UK newspaper report claiming Iran's Revolutionary Guards were operating in Bahrain. London-based Bahrain Embassy dismissed the Daily Telegraph article as "inaccurate". It also sent a letter to the publication stressing Bahrain's good neighbourly relations with all countries in the region. In an article published last Friday under the title "Dark Clouds are blowing from Iran towards the glittering Gulf", Con Coughlin claimed Iran's Revolutionary Guard "have been particularly active in Bahrain".

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