The Bahraini Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, denied the existence of any measures practiced against Shiites or any discrimination against them. He further claimed that the Shiite majority residing in the country is involved in "the government and all aspects of life."
In a prolonged interview with the Saudi Al-Hayat newspaper, he said that the office of the UN Secretary General had written an untrue statement, "in structure and content". The Bahraini Foreign Minister also noted that he did not discuss the matters of "human and economic rights" during his meeting with Ban Ki-moon.
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