Bahraini king in crisis talks with returning Saudi king
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al- Khalifa arrived in the Saudi capital on Wednesday for crisis talks with King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, Arab News reported. The visit coincides with the return of King Abdullah to Riyadh after a three-month absence for medical treatment.
Bahrain has witnessed a massive wave of protests since Feb. 14.
Saudi Arabia declared Saturday a public holiday to mark King Abdullah's return home.
Streets and buildings in the capital, Riyadh, were decorated with national flags and large banners welcoming the 86 years old king back to the country. The front pages of all Saudi dailies on Wednesday were dedicated to news of the king's return, as editorials linked its timing to the "unrest" sweeping the Arab world.
"The king is the only pillar of stability in the region now," said the English-language daily Arab News.
"The king returns today at a time when the Arab world is experiencing frightening developments to what he had left not only stable... but an oasis of peace and security full of love and loyalty," said the Arabic-language daily Okaz.
Meanwhile, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain's Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander on Wednesday stressed that the process of reform and modernization, which began in Bahrain will not stop in various sectors of the Kingdom. He stressed that Bahrain will continue to be a "country of coexistence, tolerance" and will reject any kind of sectarian.