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

MPs urged to join anti-envoy drive

A PROTEST is being planned outside the US Embassy as part of a mounting campaign to oust American Ambassador to Bahrain Thomas Krajeski.

The GDN reported on Tuesday that a petition calling for his removal would be sent to US President Barack Obama.

A group of online activists is now urging people to contact their MPs in Bahrain and persuade them to take part in a demonstration outside the US Embassy, in Zinj - although no date has yet been announced.

The campaign is being conducted on Twitter under the slogan "Stop the American Ambassador" and has been organised in response to allegations that Mr Krajeski is interfering in Bahrain's domestic affairs.

"We call on MPs to organise a sit-in in front of the US Embassy and also demand the Foreign Ministry to issue a clear statement denouncing the diplomat's interventions in Bahrain's internal affairs," says a statement issued by campaign organisers.

The group accuses Mr Krajeski of exceeding his remit as a diplomat.

"The government must put an end to the ambassador's activities or expel him, as he is no longer welcome in Bahrain," it said.

Allegations that Mr Krajeski is too close to Bahrain's political opposition were reinforced when he was pictured at the venue of the ongoing National Dialogue shortly before participants were due to hold talks.

He was seen leaving the venue in March shortly before senior opposition figure Dr Mansoor Al Jamri, editor of Al Wasat newspaper and a long-time critic of the government.

Organisers of the campaign expressed concern that he was allegedly in close contact with opposition groups.

"Whoever supports saboteurs in our country must be stopped as our country's security is a red line that should not be crossed by anyone," they said.

A visit by US special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, Rashad Hussain, last week did little to enhance Mr Krajeski's reputation here.

That is because of claims that Mr Hussain cancelled a meeting with Sunni groups and instead met with the opposition's spiritual leader Sheikh Isa Qassim.

The National Unity Assembly, Al Asala Islamic Society and Al Menbar Islamic Society issued an open letter of complaint to US President Obama as a result.

Bahraini MPs in October 2011 issued a no-confidence vote against Mr Krajeski after his appointment was announced, based on allegations of suspicious meeting with opposition groups in the US and his work as a diplomat in Iraq.

US Embassy officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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