Egypt supports Bahrain in measures taken to maintain internal stability

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jun 2016

Bahrain revoked the citizenship of the country’s most prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, as well as recently suspending the largest Shia political group, Al-Wefaq

File Photo: Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, right, walks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi upon his arrival to attend an Arab summit in March 2015,in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt (Photo: AP)

Egypt fully supports all measures taken recently by Bahrain in the face of attempts to destabilise the internal affairs of the country, a foreign affairs ministry statement read on Monday.

In the past few days, Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of the most prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, accusing him of sowing sectarian divisions.

The gulf country has also suspended the largest Shia political group, Al-Wefaq, and froze its assets based on a complaint that accused the group of damaging Bahrain's national security, allegations about it causing unrest during the 2011 protests, as well as allegations of foreign funding.

“Bahrain is authorised to protect the principles of citizenship and peaceful coexistence in the face of organisations that have foreign political religious [agendas],” Egypt’s statement read.

Egypt also denounced attempts by some organisations, which receive foreign funding, to violate the Bahraini constitution, law and institutions and to “fuel political sectarianism.”

The foreign ministry statement also expressed faith in the Bahraini judicial system’s integrity in dealing with such cases.

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