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Bahrain warns Iran against meddling in its affairs

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    DUBAI — Bahrain on Thursday warned Iran to stop interfering in its internal affairs while affirming its support for a union between the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

    Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa made the remarks a day after Iran called on its people to protest on Friday against the union that Gulf officials say will start with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

    "The union... is a demand by the people of the GCC," Sheikh Khaled said according to the official BNA news agency, adding that Bahrain "rejects Iranian interference in the affairs of the kingdom."

    The minister said that "every once in a while, we hear Iranian claims that Bahrain is the 14th governorate" of the Islamic republic and that Bahrainis want to "return to the motherland."

    "This meddling and this Iranian stance is not just directed against Bahrain, but against everybody" in the Gulf bloc.

    Sheikh Khaled accused Iran of stoking tensions with its Arab neighbours, warning the Islamic republic would suffer the "consequences of these interventions."

    But Iran hit back Thursday, with foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast saying "the proposed proposed union or annexation of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia" would lead to the "disappearance" of the tiny Gulf archipelago.

    "It seems that internal problems -- the repression by Bahraini leaders and the military of peaceful demonstrations and Saudi military intervention -- have created an inappropriate situation.

    "We advise Bahrain's leaders to change their ways and not aggravate the situation with such plans," he added.

    Iran's Islamic Propagation Coordination Council, which organises state-backed protests, has urged citizens to protest on Friday against what they called "the American plan to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and express their anger against the lackey regimes of Al-Khalifa and Al-Saud."

    Saudi Arabia had earlier told Iran to keep out of its relations with Bahrain, a Shiite-majority but Sunni-ruled kingdom where dozens of people, mostly Shiites, have been killed in violence since February 2011.

    Bahrain's Shiite-led opposition meanwhile has called for protests on Friday against the union with Saudi Arabia.

    Tensions have escalated between Iran and its Gulf Arab neighbours since a Saudi-led Gulf force rolled into Sunni-ruled Bahrain in March 2011 to boost the kingdom's security forces which then crushed a month-old Shiite-led uprising against the regime.

    Shiite-dominated Iran has repeatedly voiced support for the protests in Bahrain and strongly condemned the deployment of Saudi-led forces.
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    Iran believes that more should be done to end the appalling human rights abuses being committed by the ruling Bahraini royal family, and calls for greater diplomacy to solve the conflict.
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    Switzerland hopes that both Bahrain and Iran will end their appalling human rights abuses and the hostility that the Middle East has been experiencing will fade.
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    The MHoC believes that both states must immediately end this war of words. The ever hostile exchange of words will not help the situation and we believe that it up to the citizens of Bahrain to decide their future.
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    (Original post by toronto353)
    The MHoC believes that both states must immediately end this war of words. The ever hostile exchange of words will not help the situation and we believe that it up to the citizens of Bahrain to decide their future.
    Nigeria agrees with MHoC
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    Qatar hopes that Bahrain & Iran will end these abuses regarding human rights and that the violence in the Middle East will soon cease. Qatar agrees with the MHoC; that the citizens of Bahrain should have a say in their future.
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    Australia echoes the sentiments of the MHoC
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    Tunisia agrees with the MHoC, but stands by its fellow Arab League nation and would advise Iran not to involve itself in Bahrain's affairs.
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    The Kingdom of Denmark disapproves of both the Iranian and Bahraini governments, though we believe that in this instance it is correct for Iran to condemn its neighbour (albeit hypocritical). Bahrain is wrong to perpetuate an authoritarian and elitist Sunni state against the will of the Shi'ite majority.
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    The Oriental Republic of Uruguay urges both Bahrain and Iran to end this dispute and to work to end the problems in their own countries before criticising others.

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