World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has called on both Bahrain's government and protesters to show restraint and avoid violence during rallies against Bahrain's king and his inner circle during which people are demanding that the Sunni monarchy loosen its hold on top government posts and address claims of discrimination against the Shiite majority in the Arab country.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Selçuk Ünal, in response to a journalist's question regarding Turkey's position on Bahrain, said in a statement on Friday that Turkey is concerned with the deaths and injuries in Bahrain. Ünal praised Bahrain for standing out in the Gulf region for its reforms and said Turkey hopes for an immediate restoration of stability and tranquility in the country.
Turkey in its statement avoided criticizing Bahrain's government for its crackdown on anti-government protesters inspired by the fall of Egypt's longtime autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak. The police clampdown has led to the deaths of five anti-government protesters and wounded more than 200 in the tiny island nation.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman also implicitly called on the Bahraini government to respect the basic rights and freedoms of the people, emphasizing that sustainable stability could be provided only when people's peace, prosperity, security and happiness were guaranteed. He added that Turkey is ready to contribute to making reforms, which is also important for the stability of the region.
Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman ibn Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, in a visit to Ankara last week, said he did not believe that protests in Egypt and other countries in the Arab world will spread to the entire Middle East, creating a "domino effect."Last Mod: 18 Şubat 2011, 17:18