Dialogue Is the Best Solution, Says HRH Crown Prince

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Manama, March 9. (BNA) -- His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, today asserted that the goal of engaging all segments of the Bahraini society in a national dialogue in order to come up with a permanent solution to the current situation in the kingdom has been achieved, asserting that all measures taken over the past weeks aim to calm the situation down and convince all the citizens of the need to be united and coherent in order to begin an unconditioned multi-party national dialogue.

Speaking as he received today, in the presence of his son Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the UK National Security Advisor Sir Peter Ricketts and Chief of Defence Staff General David Richards, HRH Crown Prince pointed out that all parties have been convinced that the national dialogue is crucial and that comprehensive reform that such an unconditioned dialogue can yield will benefit everybody in the kingdom. "A reform that interests and satisfies everybody in the kingdom will promote civil rights and equality for all Bahrainis," he affirmed. The outstanding friendly Bahraini-UK ties were also spotlighted during the meeting. On his part, Sir Peter Ricketts praised HRH Crown Prince's call for constructive dialogue as the best path to stability, reiterating, at the same time, the United Kingdom's long standing support for Bahrain as a strategic ally and a successful model of diversity and development. He also called for the need to start the dialogue immediately and unconditionally so as to enable Bahrain to regain its regional pioneering position. Present were Head of HRH Crown Prince's Court Shaikh Khalifa bin Daij Al Khalifa, Head of HRH Crown Prince's Office Brigadier General Muneer Ahmed Al Subaii and the UK Ambassador to Bahrain Jamie Bowden. W H Q BNA 1621 GMT 2011/03/09