04 Jun '11, 3am
Wall Street Journal: Bahraini Crown Prince to Visit White House Next Week
Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain will visit the White House next week, say senior officials. According to the Wall Street Journal , the Obama administration sees Prince Salman as the "senior Bahraini government official most in favor of liberalizing Manama's political system" and are hopeful that his visit will "lend support to his efforts to ease his government's harsh response to the uprising." But activists in Bahrain are highly critical of Prince Salman's impending visit, which carries the risk that the US is endorsing the Khalifa family's brutal crackdown of pro-democracy protesters.