Arab and Islamic Countries Welcome the BICI Report

Many Arab and Islamic countries also welcomed the King’s speech on the day the report was released. On 24 November 2011, the Jordanian Foreign Minister commended the King’s speech and said that: ‘Jordan praises the honest efforts and the commitment of HM King Hamad bin Esa Al Khalifa to uncover the truth in a transparent and integral manner in order to emphasise the rule of law and promote justice. Jordan also appreciates the path of reform adopted by HM the King’

The Turkish Foreign Ministry also welcomed the release of the report and its recommendations. It said in an issued statement that it is convinced that the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain will take the necessary actons to implement the report’s recommendations and findings. The statement stressed that the establishment of the Independent Commission is an important example in the region.

On 01 December 2011, the UAE Foreign Minister also said: ‘the King’s speech on the day the report was released is very important and the GCC countries welcome the steps taken by his Majesty’. He added that ‘HM the King ordered the establishment of the Commission which reflects his openness. The steps he took are also a lesson to the countries in the region and the whole world. All countries make daily mistakes, but it is difficult for the leadership to take the right decision at the right moment and search for the best method to guarantee that they do not re-occur.’

On 24 November 2011, the Council of Ministers of the Arab League welcomed the King’s speech and praised his efforts to uncover the truth and emphasise the rule of law in a transparent manner. On 25 November 2011, the Moroccan Foreign Minister also welcomed the report of the BICI. He stressed the importance of promoting national dialogue and democracy. Moreover, on 26 November 2011, the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation also commended the King’s speech and his establishment of a team to implement Bassiouni’s recommendations. He also commended the King’s clear determination to prepare the country for reform, reconciliation, dialogue and more respect for human rights.