The Kingdom of Bahrain has retained Sonoran Policy Group, a DC-based firm with close ties to the Trump White House, to facilitate meetings and interactions with US policymakers.

The one-year agreement, which went into effect Feb. 26, also calls on SPG to "perform additional duties on an agreed-upon basis."

The firm will receive $500K in fees over the next year.

Sunni-led Bahrain, a frequent target of human rights officials, has been cracking down on dissent from its Shiite majority population since 2016.

The government on March 3 said security forces rounded up 116 members of an armed network backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guard that was plotting to overthrow the government.

Bahrain, which is a close ally of Saudi Arabia, is part of the blockade imposed on Qatar for its alleged ties with Iran, a Shiite majority nation.