FM Condemns Bahrain for Expelling Iranian Diplomat, Warns to Retaliate

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Tue, 04/26/2011 - 15:50

FM Condemns Bahrain for Expelling Iranian Diplomat, Warns to Retaliate

TEHRAN ,April 26(FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast blasted Manama for expelling an Iranian diplomat from the country, and warned of Tehran's reciprocal move.
"The measure by the Bahraini foreign ministry was taken to project the blame (for the current unrests in the country) on Iran and is the result of ignoring the realities," Mehman-Parast said, and strongly denied the accusations leveled by the Bahraini government against the Iranian embassy's second secretary in Manama.

He cautioned that such unfounded accusations harm the good neighborly relations between the two states and undermine the efforts made to establish stability and security in the region.

Such measures are in line with the attempts made by the enemies to sow discord among the regional nations, the Iranian spokesman added.

Mehman-Parast stressed that the Iranian foreign ministry reserves right for itself to take retaliatory moves.

Expulsion of an Iranian diplomat from Bahrain is seen as part of the efforts made by the Saudi-led Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) against Iran's growing clout on the regional nations, specially in Bahrain.

To the same end, the Persian Gulf Arab states in a statement issued earlier this week called on the international community and the UN Security Council (UNSC) to take the necessary measures to stop what they claimed to be Iran's "provocative interference" in the domestic affairs of their countries.

Following the move, Iranian officials blasted the PGCC's allegations against Tehran, describing it as a tactical move to redirect the public opinion from the realities in Bahrain and other regional countries.

Member of the Iranian parliament Nasrollah Torabi told FNA on Monday that the council is seeking to project the blame on Iran.

"The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council has tried to portray the differences and the conflict in Bahrain as a sectarian strife and introduced Iran as a terrorist country that interferes in the other country's affairs and has filed a complaint against Iran in the international circles in a bid to divert the public opinion," Torabi stated.

He strong rejected the allegations, and reiterated, "Iran's role in these disputes is (limited to) confrontation with a government that doesn't respect others' rights."

People in Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional reform and a proportional voice in the government are met.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed clampdown against mass protests.

Scores of Bahraini protesters have been killed and many others gone missing in the harsh crackdown since the beginning of the revolution in the Middle- Eastern country.