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

MPs for action on 'secret' plots

MPS have criticised the government for "failing" to take action against foreign powers involved in attempts to change regimes in the Middle East, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

They have called for an urgent parliament session this week to discuss a document that reveals "secret" US foreign policies to support the Muslim Brotherhood and other rebellious movements in the region since 2010.

According to weekly publication Middle East Briefing (MEB), which secured the document through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the five-page report "confirms the Obama Administration's pro-active campaign for regime change throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region".

The Interior Ministry said on Thursday it was studying the US State Department document, titled Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI): Overview and possible attempts to unseat governments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt to determine if any legal violation has occurred.

This includes the use or receipt of money from any source and incidents that occurred in Bahrain in 2011.

MP Abdulhalim Murad urged the government to take a stern stance against such foreign interference.

"This report is the limit and is the result of our government taking things lightly, and failing in the application of law," he told the GDN.

"External interference in Bahraini affairs is nothing new and we have had instances in the past.

"These latest reports show that we have failed in controlling such interferences, especially that of the White House representative in the country.

"The Bahrainis and the parliament had many times in the past raised objection against US Ambassador Thomas Krajeski's involvement in our affairs.

"The Interior Ministry must investigate in depth the report and reveal names of those who have given inputs to the document pertaining to Bahrain."

Parliament's foreign affairs, defence and national security committee head Sawsan Taqawi said the report confirms fears of America's "biased" policies.

"I recommend a special session of parliament to discuss the ministry's investigation report on the document before parliament's term comes to a close," she told the GDN.

"This issue is of utmost importance as it is linked to national security apart from the political, economic and social fabric of the nation."

MP Ahmed Qaratta said parliament should be part of the ministry's investigation.

"A Foreign Affairs Ministry representative must also be part of the team," he added. "At the end of the day all such reports are affecting the common Bahraini."

According to MEB, the document, which was issued in October 22, 2010, spells out an elaborate structure of State Department programmes aimed at directly building "civil society" organisations to alter the internal politics of the targeted countries in favour of US foreign policy and national security objectives.

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