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Bahraini authorities summon opposition activists for questioning over talks with US diplomat

Bahraini authorities and the country's main Shiite opposition group say two prominent opposition activists were summoned for questioning in connection with their meeting with a U.S. diplomat who was ordered to leave the Gulf island nation this week.

The Interior Ministry says the head of opposition group Al Wefaq, Ali Salman, and member Khalil al-Marzooq were released after questioning Wednesday. It says they were summoned for violating a government order in relation to their meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski.

Bahraini authorities on Monday ordered Malinowski to leave following a meeting with Al Wefaq members.

The move has strained relations between Washington and its longtime Gulf ally Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.