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Lawmaker Dismisses PGCC Allegations against Iran

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 4 (ICANA) – A prominent Iranian MP blasted the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) for its recent statement against Iran, describing it as "unrealistic, emotional and inexpert".
Monday, April 04, 2011 7:51:31 PM
Lawmaker Dismisses PGCC Allegations against Iran

The statement came at the end of Sunday's extraordinary meeting of the PGCC, where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accused Iran of interfering in Bahrain's affairs after Tehran warned Riyadh that it was "playing with fire" by deploying troops in neighboring Bahrain.

In reply, Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali said, "The reaction by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council was unrealistic and fully emotional. The council is under the influence of a number of Arab countries in its power interactions and on the same basis it is seeking to project the blame on others."

Meantime, Jalali accused the PGCC member states of dependence and obedience to the US, and added, "The council has issued an unrealistic, and inexpert statement against Iran."

He added that Tehran cannot keep mum about the massacre of the people in Bahrain and Libya, and stressed that Saudi Arabia should end the occupation of Bahrain.

Tehran's warnings against the Saudi military intervention come as Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy's fifth fleet, is viewed as a very sensitive and determining factor in the power equations of the region. While Tehran has just issued warnings and taken no action to interfere in the domestic affairs of the tiny Persian Gulf island, Saudi Arabia has embarked on dispatching troops to Bahrain, killing peaceful protestors in the country on a daily basis.

To help the Bahraini government crush the anti-government protests, Saudi Arabia has deployed more than 1,000 troops to the country at the request of Manama.

In a similar move, the UAE has dispatched around 500 police forces to the oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchy.

Bahrain's government has continued its military crackdown on anti-government protesters who demand the overthrow of the al-Khalifa dynasty on top of constitutional reforms.

Several Bahrainis have lost their lives so far and hundreds of others have sustained injuries following the violent crackdown on the anti-government protesters.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are members of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council.

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