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

Bahrain 'committed to freedom of speech'

INTERIOR Minister Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa yesterday stressed Bahrain's commitment to freedom of expression and human rights that are protected in the constitution.

"However, it is unfortunate that some are misusing such freedoms through law-breaking activities," he said as he took part in the opening ceremony of the Milipol Paris Security Exhibition that showcased advanced security programmes and technologies.

The minister is visiting France on the invitation of his French counterpart Manuel Valls.

Shaikh Rashid said bilateral co-operation between the two countries would help fight organised crimes and terrorism.

He said Bahrain adopted the democratic approach more than 10 years ago. "The government comprises citizens who work for all children of Bahrain, but we are against extremism that doesn't serve Islam or security and stability of the nation."

He said Bahrain's police don't face protesters but individuals who are involved in rioting, vandalism and terrorism.

Mr Valls called for the continuation of efforts to support the National Dialogue.

He affirmed Bahraini-French agreements to activate co-operation between security authorities to fight terrorism and all forms of crimes.

Shaikh Rashid invited his French counterpart to visit Bahrain which he accepted.

The minister was briefed on the latest security technologies at the expo in which more than 1,000 companies from 43 countries are taking part.

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