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Union proposal will aggravate situation in Bahrain: Iran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has said that the proposal to form a union between Persian Gulf Arab states will only aggravate the situation in the crisis-hit Bahrain.

A scene fom protests in Bahrain
A scene fom protests in Bahrain (file photo)

Mehmanparast made the remarks on Tuesday in response to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal who has urged Iran to keep out of Saudi-Bahraini affairs.

According to AFP, Faisal said on Monday, "Iran has nothing to do with what happens between the two countries, even if it develops into a unity."

Persian Gulf Arab leaders, at a summit in Riyadh on Monday, weighed the issue of establishing a closer political union.

One hundred and ninety Iranian MPs issued a statement on Monday strongly condemning the decision made by Persian Gulf Arab states to discuss the proposal that may lead to the formation of a union between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

"The solution to Bahrain's crisis is to heed the people's legitimate demands and respond to them. And any kind of foreign intervention or ill-considered plans, (drawn up) without taking account of the people's views, will only deepen and widen the existing wounds," Mehmanparast said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran sees the real power of regional countries in their enjoying the support of the majority of the people and believes that regional cooperation within this framework will serve the interests of the Muslim world and foil the Zionist regime's divisive plots," he added.

Iranians to stage protest against proposed Bahrain-Saudi union

The Coordination Council of Islamic Propagation issued a statement on Wednesday inviting the Iranian people to take part in demonstrations on May 18 across the country to protest a proposal for the formation of a union between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Persian Gulf Arab leaders, at a summit in Riyadh on Monday, weighed the issue of establishing a closer political union that could begin with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. However, they failed to make any concrete decision on forming the union.

"The great, brave, and insightful nation of Islamic Iran will rise this Friday across the country after the religious-political ritual of Friday prayers to protest against this mischievous American plan and will stage protest demonstrations to strongly condemn this conspiratorial plan and express their anger against and hatred toward the subservient regimes of Al Khalifa and Al Saud," the statement said.

"This dangerous plot, which is the product of the evil triangle of the global arrogance, (namely) the Unites States, Britain, and the Zionist regime, is meant to prevent the model of revolutionary uprisings from spreading from one country to other countries, control the situation and contain Bahrain's internal crisis..., incite confrontation between Persian Gulf states, and create tension in the Middle East," the statement read.

It added, "The regimes of Al Khalifa and Al Saud should know that such unwise plots and measures could not contain the popular movement in Bahrain and the Islamic Awakening in the region, but this evil plot will further strengthen unity among the Bahraini people and other nations which have risen up."

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