Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has accused the United States of wanting to create tension between Iran and Arabs, saying the attempt would fail.
Ahmadinejad's comments came in a speech at the annual Army Day parade broadcast live on national television.
On April 17, Gulf Arab states accused Iran of interfering in their affairs.
At a meeting in Riyadh, ministers from the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- called on Iran to stop its "provocations."
Separately, Saudi Arabia threatened to recall its diplomats from Tehran unless they were better protected.
A protester throwing bricks at Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran (March 2011)
A week ago Iranian students rallied oustide the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest Saudi's military intervention in Bahrain.
Bahrain's Sunni rulers called in troops from Sunni-led Gulf neighbors Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to put down protests last month by Bahrain's majority Shi'ites.
Predominantly-Shi'ite Iran has repeatedly condemned the crackdown and the deployment of Gulf Arab troops in Bahrain, a key U.S. ally and home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.
compiled from agency reports
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