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Bahrain says Iran is meddling
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa
Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:35AM
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Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa has accused Iran of interfering in Bahrain's internal affairs through its statements in favor of anti-government protesters.

The Bahraini foreign minister made the remarks in response to Iran's formal complaints to the United Nations, the Arab League, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference about Manama's treatment of the opposition.

In addition, the Islamic Republic of Iran recently recalled its ambassador to Bahrain in protest over the brutal crackdown on the Bahraini people.

Iran has also denounced the deployment of troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Bahrain to suppress the popular uprising.

On Tuesday, Manama recalled its ambassador to Tehran after Iran criticized Bahrain for bringing in troops from neighboring countries to help quell the anti-government protests.

Demonstrators in the Shia-majority country have been demanding the ouster of the 230-year-old Sunni-led monarchy as well as constitutional reforms, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital's Pearl Square since February 14.

At least 12 people have been killed and about 1,000 injured during the anti-government protests in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, where the United States Fifth Fleet is based.

Earlier in the day, a large number of Iranians staged protests to condemn the massacre of defenseless and innocent Bahrainis following Friday Prayers in Tehran.

The demonstrators also censured the Al Khalifa royal family of Bahrain and the Al Saud royal family of Saudi Arabia for the crimes they have committed against the Bahraini people this week.

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