Blinken tells king of Bahrain that Houthi attacks are ‘reckless and dangerous’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) is received by Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani upon his arrival in Manama, January 10, 2024. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/AFP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) is received by Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani upon his arrival in Manama, January 10, 2024. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells the king of Bahrain that the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea are “reckless and dangerous.”

According to a State Department readout of their meeting, Blinken discussed with Bahrain’s King bin Isa Al Khalifa “the reckless and dangerous Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea and reaffirmed their shared commitment to international law and freedom of navigation.”

Blinken and Al Khalifa also discussed “the humanitarian situation in Gaza and welcomed efforts to protect civilian lives, free hostages, increase humanitarian assistance, and prevent further spread of the conflict,” the State Department says.

The secretary of state is slated to wrap up his whirlwind tour of the region tomorrow in Egypt, after he visited Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank before arriving in Bahrain.

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