Iran ready to help Bahrain out of crisis: Salehi
Tue Sep 4, 2012 7:21AM
We have clearly defined our stances toward Bahrain. We want the establishment of stability and security in Bahrain; and we recognize the country’s national sovereignty; and our diplomatic relations stand.” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar SalehiIranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to help bring an end to the ongoing crisis in Bahrain. “We have announced our readiness to Bahraini officials to help the country out of the crisis,” Salehi told Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam news network on Monday. “We have clearly defined our stances toward Bahrain. We want the establishment of stability and security in Bahrain; and we recognize the country’s national sovereignty; and our diplomatic relations stand,” he added. The Iranian foreign minister reiterated that Iran does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of any country.
“However, currently, there are certain problems in Bahrain. Like in Syria, we have called on the government in Bahrain to meet the legitimate public demands,” he noted.Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, demanding political reform and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on peaceful protests. Scores of people have been killed and many others have been injured in the Saudi-backed crackdown on the peaceful protests in Bahrain. Bahrainis hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the death and arrest of protesters. YH/HMV/HJL