Envoy sees Bahrain expulsion as bid to scuttle talks

Posted: July 9, 2014 at 4:19 a.m.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski (second from left) visits with Sheikh Ali Salman (left), head of the Wefaq National Islamic Society; former member of the Bahraini parliament Abdul Jalil Khalil (second from right); Timothy Pounds, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain; and others at a traditional weekly Ramadan gathering in Manama, Bahrain, in this photo taken Sunday and released by the Bahraini opposition group Al Wefaq.

A senior U.S. diplomat who was ordered to leave the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain after meeting with a leading Shiite opposition group said Tuesday that the American ally's move appears aimed at undermining reconciliation efforts between the government and the opposition.

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