Bahrain Embassy in London ‘back to normal’
London, April 19, 2012
Bahrain Embassy in London was working as normal, said the kingdom’s Ambassador to the UK, adding that rumours about it closing, following the intrusion of two terrorists onto its roof, were not true.
Alice Sama'an said what happened at the Bahrain Embassy in London was an odd and unprecedented incident and the two men who climbed onto the roof from another building were seeking publicity.
"The terrorists were publicity seekers, and what we have been through was a difficult experience, but it's history now!" Sama'an said.
She said once she came to know of the intrusion she contacted the Foreign Ministry in Bahrain, the Foreign Office in London as well as the diplomatic police, who immediately sent a team to deal with the two people.
Sama'an said the issue took longer than usual to resolve as the two men were threatening to jump off the fifth floor if police approached them.
However, once they realised that there was no way out they gave themselves in voluntarily and were led by police handcuffed. They will be tried according to British law.
The ambassador said this dangerous incident violated the Bahrain Embassy's sovereignty which is completely unacceptable and the UK had assured that such incidents would not occur again.
On rumours that the embassy halted business, the ambassador reassured that work was unaffected and the embassy's personnel were safe and sound.
As a result of the efforts made by the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with British authorities, the terrorists were arrested and the embassy resumed normal business. It also began providing services following the directives of Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
Meanwhile, Bahrainis in London pledged their solidarity with the leadership.
Citizens visited the embassy to condemn the criminal act targeting the security of Bahrain. They called it "an evil attempt to undermine the interests of citizens, which failed thanks to the wise leadership and the efforts of the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. – TradeArabia News Service