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NUA denies direct talks with the UK

MANAMA: The National Unity Assembly (NUA) yesterday denied holding direct meetings with the UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt.

"The British official contacted us by telephone only but he was keen on meeting representatives of radical crisis-mongering societies in person," an NUA spokesman said.

He said talks focused on the government's implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry recommendations and the NUA's vision to settle the crisis.

In a statement, the official affirmed the NUA's stance in support of an internal settlement to the crisis without any foreign interference.

He cast doubts on the sincerity of statements issued by societies on renouncing violence.

"The NUA assesses the stances of these societies taking into account what is really happening on the ground," he said.

The statement accused these radical associations of fuelling and condoning violence and terror.

It also urged a serious dialogue with binding results for all sides, without any walkouts.



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