Bahraini king: Syria training Bahrain opposition figures

By REUTERS
December 13, 2011 13:10

 
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LONDON - Syria is training opposition figures in Bahrain, the Gulf island state's king said in an interview published on Tuesday, in which he also denied systematic rights abuses during state crackdowns on pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa's interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper comes a day after he met British Prime Minister David Cameron, who urged the king to press ahead with national reconciliation and to engage with Bahrain's opposition.

"We have evidence that a number of Bahrainis who oppose our government are being trained in Syria .... I have seen the files and we have notified the Syrian authorities, but they deny any involvement," the king said, giving no further details.

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