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Bahrain's King Hamad meets with UK PM

Two protestors appeared to bang at the king’s limousine during the visit

Bahrain's King Hamad meets with UK PM
British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) greets King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa outside 10 Downing Street in London on October 26, 2016. (Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)

The UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday hosted the King of Bahrain Hamad Al Khalifa in Downing Street to discuss the countries’ long-standing bilateral ties, an official statement said.

Bahrain is the UK’s closest ally in the gulf region and where it keeps its HMS Juffair royal naval base.

The officials touched upon security issues in the Middle East including the Yemeni conflict and the important of achieving a prolonged ceasefire in the country. They discussed the fight against terrorist group IS in Iraq and Syria and advancements being made to accomplish peace in the Middle East.

They also covered progress achieved by the King’s domestic reform programme and ways it can further inclusivity in Bahrain’s political and social fabric.

Upon his visit however, the king’s limousine was reportedly attacked by protestors who appeared to bang on the car’s windows in what is thought to be an objection to the leader’s controversial human rights policy in Bahrain.

The suspects were grabbed by police and arrested.

The UK earlier provided Bahrain with funds to support human rights reforms and concerns of the death penalty and torture in the oil-rich country.

Bahrain has arrested a series of anti-government human rights advocates including airport police officer Mohammed Ramadan in February 2014. Ramadan had been arrested by authorities after attending a pro-democracy protest while off-duty. He is believed to have been tortured into making a false confession and is currently facing death row.