Manama, Bahrain (AP) Authorities in the Middle Eastern kingdom say at least $1.4 billion in debts owed to foreign companies, banks and other individuals are owed to Bahrainis, the United States and the European Union.
The report, issued by Bahrain’s Ministry of Finance, said the money is owed to the Bahraini government by foreign companies and other entities including some American corporations and U.S. citizens.
It said the Bahrainis are owed $8.8 billion, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press.
Bahraini authorities have been pushing the international community to support the country, which has been devastated by the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that toppled autocrat Muammar Qaddafi.
The United States has pledged $2.2 billion to assist the Bahrain government, but it has not yet approved the amount, said Matthew D. Smith, an assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s Bahrain office.