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منگل، 15 مارچ، 2011

The situation in Bahrain may affect the US-Iran relations

There are no direct relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States, but the United States is very much suspicious of the Iranian nuclear program, and, very unfortunately, the overall situation in the Arab world -- not only in Bahrain, but in the Arab world in total -- is influencing, actually, the situation around Iran. I mean that western countries, especially the United States, probally, would be getting prepared for any sort of involvement in the Iranian internal situation and in curbing the Iranian nuclear progress, including, which is possible, but not necessanly would be, the military option.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry today separately summoned the ambassadors of Switzerland and Saudi Arabia and the Charge d' Affaires of Bahrain over Riyadh's US-supported military intervention in crisis-hit Bahrain. According to Press TV, Iran summoned the Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti over the US support for interference of foreign forces in Bahrain and sounded protest over the “provocative” remarks by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates against the Islamic Republic during his unannounced visit to the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Friday evening.
The Swiss embassy in Tehran houses the US interest section in the absence of diplomatic relations between Iran and the US.
“The US support for military intervention is in clear contradiction with international regulations and the United Nations Charter. So, the Islamic Republic holds the United States responsible for the dangerous consequences of such an illegal attitude,” said a Foreign Ministry official.
Saudi ambassador, Mohammad ibn Abbas al-Kalabi, was sounded a protest over his country's unwarranted military intervention, which is unacceptable to Iran since it violates international laws.
The Bahraini charge d' affaires was told by the Iranian foreign ministry to convey the message to his government to peacefully resolve the issue of the people's demand for restoration of their rights, instead of complicating the situation by allowing military forces, especially of other countries, to suppress them.

Following a statement by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on developments in Bahrain and the kingdom’s sovereign decision allowing access of the Peninsula Shield Force, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Regional and GCC Affairs Hamad Al Amer described the Iranian comments as an outrageous intervention in Bahrain’s domestic affairs by a country which is supposed to adhere to the principle of good neighbourly relations Bahrain has always been committed to with Iran.

"Bahrain is in contact with the United Nations, the Security Council’s permanent members, the GCC member states, the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) regarding the blatant Iranian interference," Al Amer said.

"The Iranian statement contravenes the principle of good neighbourly relations between Bahrain and Iran, the international law, the UN charter and OIC convention which underscore respect of states’ independence and sovereignty," he added.

"Bahrain strongly denounces and absolutely rejects the Iranian statement which is considered an intervention in its domestic affairs and a threat to regional and international peace and security," Al Amer stressed.

"The Peninsula Shield Forces’ entry to Bahrain emanates from common destiny and unity among the GCC countries as well as shared responsibility to maintain regional security and stability," he affirmed adding that security of the GCC countries is an integral part of defence and security agreements signed by the GCC member states.

Consequently, Bahrain has decided to summon its ambassador to Tehran immediately for consultation.
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