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Ambassador Twinam explained that Gulf rulers appreciated Ambassador Stoltzfus. ”21 The problem of funding concerned Secretary of State Rogers. In November 1971, he speculated that the newly independent Bahrain might call on the United States to provide military or economic assistance. Rogers underlined that 40 Ba h r a i n f ro m 2 0 t h C e n t u ry to A r a b S p r i n g it was important for US ofﬁcials in Manama to avoid giving the impression that, after an agreement for the continuation of MIDEASTFOR was signed, Washington would be receptive to granting either free technical or military assistance to Bahrain.
54 Parsons failed to note that despite the presence of women in the work place, women had not been permitted to vote in Bahrain’s December 1972 elections. Women’s groups protested their exclusion and attempted to promote a change in Bahraini election laws. 55 American ofﬁcials in Manama now turned their attention to improving their chancery and the residence of their chargé. ” In addition, the ofﬁcials suggested that accommodations suitable to house two servants be constructed at the chargé’s temporary residence, a residence that was owned by the British government.
Britain also agreed temporarily to continue running Bahrain’s airport and to manage its postal service. While Bahrain’s leaders were pleased that the British agreed not to relinquish their role in either the airport or the post ofﬁce, they did not want that information made public. 20 Earlier, Congress had criticized the State Department for spending money on embassies in small African states. But, in 1971, it appeared prudent to post a Chargé d’Affaires in each new state, and in Oman too. To save money and blunt Congressional criticism, Washington relied on traveling Ambassador Stoltzfus, whose headquarters remained in Kuwait.