On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to congratulate the people of Bahrain as you celebrate your National Day. Our two countries have shared a long history of partnership built on mutual interest and mutual respect. The United States values this friendship, rooted in the history of our people-to-people ties dating back to the early years of the 20th century. We look forward to working closely with the Government of Bahrain and all Bahrainis on the important endeavor of building a prosperous, secure, and peaceful future for your nation.
This statement comes a day after the arrest of high profile activist Zainab Alkhawaja, who’s father, Abdulhadi Alkawaja has been imprisoned since April 9, was arrested as shown in this video: