July 1, 2016 / 11:27 PM / in a year

Biden expresses concerns about developments in Bahrain in call to king

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in a phone call with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, expressed “strong concerns regarding recent negative developments in Bahrain,” the White House said in a statement on Friday.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a conference of the Center for New American Security think tank in Washington U.S., June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Biden spoke to al-Khalifa on Thursday and “emphasized the importance of reducing ongoing tensions through dialogue and reconciliation with the opposition, and a commitment to reform,” the statement said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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