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'Iran opposes intervention in Mideast'
Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei
Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:54PM
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Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei says the Islamic Republic is opposed to any military intervention against Middle Eastern countries facing uprisings.


Khazaei made the remark following consultations among the 15 Security Council members at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as France and Britain pushed the international body to authorize air strikes in Libya in a bid to force Muammar Gaddafi's regime to desist from violence, IRNA reported on Thursday.

"In one breath we are deeply worried about the plight of people in Libya, while in the same breath we are concerned by the [prospect of] military strike in the country," the Iranian envoy stated.

"Iran has showed that it is not interested in medling in any country's [internal affairs], nor wants military presence, and thus condemns any such actions," Khazaei emphasized.

The comment comes against a backdrop of massive anti-government protests by Bahrainis, who are calling for an end to Al Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost two centuries.

Responding to a question regarding Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates' interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain, Khazaei stated that "The current situation [in the Persian Gulf country] has seriously deteriorated, but the presence of foreign military forces is totally wrong."

He went on to say that the move would potentially pave the way for other countries to embark on further military adventurism in the region.

Led by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain's fellow members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, which groups Bahrain's Arab neighbors, have dispatched armed forces to the Persian Gulf island to assist the crackdown on the anti-government uprising.

More than 12 people have been killed and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in troubled Bahrain, inspired by the recent revolutions and uprisings across the Arab world.

HA/MGH
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