David Cameron entertains Bahrain’s dictator King Hamad al-Khalif
On his first full day back from holiday, David Cameron held talks in Downing Street with King Hamad al-Khalifa of Bahrain.
The meeting came a week ahead of planned rallies by pro-democracy campaigners protesting against the Gulf state’s ruling dynasty.
Its tough tactics against demonstrators over the last two years have been condemned by human rights groups.
A No 10 spokesman said Mr Cameron reiterated Britain’s support for ongoing political reform in Bahrain but “encouraged His Majesty to continue to demonstrate substantive progress in all areas”.
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