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Bahrain Welcomes US Decision on Iranian Oil Waivers

Bahrain Welcomes US Decision on Iranian Oil Waivers

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 - 11:30
FILE PHOTO: Malta-flagged Iranian crude oil supertanker "Delvar" is seen anchored off Singapore March 1, 2012. . REUTERS/Tim Chong/File Photo
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Bahrain welcomed on Monday the decision of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concerning Iran’s oil exports.

"This step is crucial in order to further support and strengthen efforts exerted in combating terrorism and eradicating Iran’s malign and dangerous activities that aim to undermine security and stability and support terrorist organizations and militias in the region," Bahrain’s foreign ministry said.

"The Kingdom commends the pivotal role of the United States in its relentless efforts and strategic decisions to eliminate violence, extremism and terrorism, and all those supporting or funding it on the regional and international levels," the ministry said in a statement.

The Kingdom reiterated its unequivocal support to the US and called for the need to enhance international efforts aimed at eradicating the Iranian regime’s malign activities and policies that threaten security and peace, and end its attempts to spread chaos in the region.

The US demanded on Monday that buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions, a move to choke off Tehran’s oil revenues.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "we're going to zero across the board.”

He added that the United States had no plans for a grace period beyond May 1 for countries to comply.

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