UAE ministry confirms London academic was denied entry

Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen was expected to speak at a conference partly organized by the American University of Sharjah. (Courtesy: AUS)

A London-based academic scheduled to speak at a conference in the United Arab Emirates was denied entry earlier this week, the country’s foreign affairs ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen was expected to speak on the current political situation in Bahrain, a statement from the official WAM news agency confirmed.

“The UAE took the view that at this extremely sensitive juncture in Bahrain's national dialogue it would be unhelpful to allow non-constructive views on the situation in Bahrain to be expressed from within another GCC state,” the statement read, adding that “Dr. Coates Ulrichsen has consistently propagated views de-legitimizing the Bahraini monarchy.”

The ministry repeated its call that the UAE wishes opposition parties in Bahrain to resolve their situation through peaceful dialogue.

The conference Coates Ulrichsen was due to appear at was organized by the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

“This decision in no way reflects the strong ties with both the AUS and LSE and their academic excellence,” the statement added.

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