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Tue 13 Dec 2011 12:02 PM

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UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform

King Hamad met the British PM for the first time since political protests rocked the Gulf kingdom

UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
British prime minister David (R) Cameron greets Bahrain's King Hamad Al Khalifa inside Number 10 Downing Street (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
King Hamad Al Khalifa is visiting the UK for the first time following violence between security forces and protesters earlier this year (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
The King is visiting the UK in a bid to smooth over tensions that emerged following the Gulf state’s crackdown on political protests earlier this year, the BBC reported on Monday (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
The tiny island state was the target of international criticism for imposing martial law during a violent crackdown on protests (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
The UK criticised the response and suspended weapons sales to the Gulf kingdom after tear gas and rubber bullets were used on demonstrators (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
Relations between the UK and Bahrain were further strained after the previous British Ambassador was denied access to ministers for criticising the Gulf state’s behaviour, the BBC said (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
A report last month found Bahraini police used excessive force and “systemic” torture against protestor (Getty Images)
UK's David Cameron urges Bahrain to embrace reform
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, leaves Number 10 Downing Street, London (Getty Images)