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04/18/11

Ahmadinejad Accuses U.S. Of Creating Iran, Arab Tension

Source: RFE/RL

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


Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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