Israeli delegation cancels visit to Bahrain on security concerns

Bahrain’s parliament previously issued a statement rejecting the visit of the Israeli delegation. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 14 April 2019
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Israeli delegation cancels visit to Bahrain on security concerns

  • The group had been planning to attend a congress organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network from April 15
  • Some protests against the visit were reported in Manama

DUBAI: An Israeli delegation of businessmen and government officials planning to take part in a business conference in Bahrain has canceled its visit on security concerns, a statement from the organizers said on Sunday.
The group had been planning to attend a congress organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network from April 15.
“While we advised the Israeli delegation they would be welcome, they decided this morning not to come due to security concerns and a wish not to cause disruption for the other 180 nations participating,” the organization’s president Jonathan Ortmans said in a statement sent to Reuters.
The cancelation came after the kingdom’s parliament issued a statement rejecting the visit, and some protests against it in the streets of the capital Manama.


In letter to UN Security Council, Britain says Iran approached tanker in Omani waters

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In letter to UN Security Council, Britain says Iran approached tanker in Omani waters

  • Letter says the Iranian action “constitutes illegal interference”
  • Tells UN Britiain was working to resolve the issue through diplomatic means

NEW YORK: Britain told the United Nations Security Council on Saturday that a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran was approached by Iranian forces when it was in Omani territorial waters and the action “constitutes illegal interference.”
“The ship was exercising the lawful right of transit passage in an international strait as provided for under international law,” Britain’s UN mission wrote to the Security Council. “International law requires that the right of transit passage shall not be impeded, and therefore the Iranian action constitutes illegal interference.”
The letter, seen by Reuters, was also sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Friday’s action in the global oil trade’s most important waterway has been viewed in the West as a major escalation after three months of confrontation that has already taken Iran and the United States to the brink of war.
It follows threats from Tehran to retaliate for Britain’s seizure on July 4 of the Iranian tanker Grace 1, accused of violating sanctions on Syria.
“Current tensions are extremely concerning, and our priority is to de-escalate. We do not seek confrontation with Iran,” the letter read. “But it is unacceptable and highly escalatory to threaten shipping going about its legitimate business through internationally recognized transit corridors.”
Britain called on Iran to release the Stena Impero tanker and told the Security Council it was working to resolve the issue through diplomatic means.