A visit by Iran's president to the island of Abu Musa in Persian Gulf has upped tensions with the UAE. [Related Article: The Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu-Musa ]
Saudi Arabia has again warned Iran not to stir up trouble among Gulf Arab states.At a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef condemned what he called Iran's "occupation" of an island also claimed by the United Arab Emirates and its alleged role in Bahrain, where mainly Shi'ite-led unrest has flared up again. "We stress that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the council countries stand in a unified line with Bahrain and the UAE to protect sovereignty and stability, considering their security a part of the council's security as a whole," Nayef said at the meeting. Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, sent troops into Bahrain last year to put down an uprising seen by Sunni Muslim Gulf rulers as being supported by Shi'ite Iran. Clashes between Bahraini security forces and mostly Shi'ite protesters have flared up recently, in part due to Bahrain's hosting of a Formula One race. Tensions between Gulf Arab states and Iran have also risen due to a visit last month by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to Abu Musa, one of three islands claimed by both Iran and the UAE.
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Iranian island of Abu Musa in Persian Gulf
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