Foreign Office defends Bahraini King's invitation

Responding to criticism about its decision to allow the King of Bahrain to attend the Queen's Jubilee lunch, a Foreign Office spokesman said that maintaining a close relationship with Bahrain allowed it to "have a full and frank discussion on a range of issues". He continued:

On human rights we support the reforms already under way in Bahrain and we want to help promote that reform. We have consistently encouraged the Bahraini Government to take further urgent steps to implement in full the recommendations of the Independent Commission of Inquiry as the his majesty the King has committed to doing. This includes bringing to account those individuals responsible for human rights abuses.