Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi hailed Bahraini King's offer for talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran. "Demand of people of Bahrain is the same longing demand made by other countries and raising issues of Shiite and Sunni and Iran and Arab states only seeks laying the blame on other countries," Salehi told reporters on Saturday.
Also regarding his recent trips to regional countries, Salehi said, "the trips have had its required impact and recent comments of Bahraini King was a good measure towards settlement of Bahrain's issue and we hope it will be fixed."
"We hope Bahraini nations would get rid of cruel pressures and manage to obtain their goals and that nation and government could live peacefully," Salehi continued.
He then added he is to visit Kuwait next week and Indonesia over coming weeks under the framework of its regional trips.
At a meeting with the members of Bahrain's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said Manama seeks "brotherhood" in its ties with Iran and "offers friendship" to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The king expressed Manama's willingness to work with Tehran to pinpoint and tackle the existing problems, saying such cooperation will serve the interests of both Iranians and Arabs.
Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have taken into the streets since mid-February, calling for an end to the ruling of al-Khalifa dynasty, which has governed the Arab country for almost forty years.
On March 13, Saudi-led troops were deployed to the Persian Gulf Island at Manama's request for crack-down on the countrywide popular protests.
Scores of protesters have been killed and many others arrested and sent to unknown locations during Manama's violent and brutal crackdown on protesters. A number of the deaths have occurred under torture.
Regime forces have also raided dozens of mosques, schools, sacred sites and even graves in persisting efforts to suppress all opposition.
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