MANAMA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain has ordered a top U.S. diplomat to leave the country immediately, as he meddled in Bahrain's internal affairs, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
The Ministry said that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski is not welcome and should leave immediately.
"His activities included holding meetings with one party, leaving out others who represent different parts of society," the statement said.
Reports said that Malinowski on Sunday met with members of Shiite opposition group Al Wifaq, which has staged frequent anti- government protests in order to gain more political rights.
"Such activities are contrary to diplomatic norms and relations between states," the statement added.
But the statement reaffirmed Bahrain's strong and solid relations with the United States, underlining that the progress and development of the bilateral ties should not be affected by such unfortunate acts.
A U.S. ally in the Middle East, Bahrain provides a base for U.S. Navy's fifth fleet.