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Hungary Rejects Allegations about Iran's Meddling in Bahrain

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TEHRAN, April 12 (ICANA) – Hungarian Deputy Foreign Minister Zsolt Nemeth categorically denied the allegations raised by Manama and some other Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) members about Iran's interference in Bahrain's domestic affairs.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 10:05:06 PM
Hungary Rejects Allegations about Iran's Meddling in Bahrain

There is "no hard evidence" that Iran is behind the protests, as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have claimed, Nemeth said at a European Parliament debate in Strasbourg, speaking in the name of EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he referred to the UN Security Council resolution 1973 allowing strikes on Libya, and said, "Over the past three weeks both the European and the international community have shaped a very clear philosophy under the motto of 'the responsibility to protect' … and that should be a warning sign to Yemen, Bahrain and indeed to all of those countries which maintain authoritarian regimes."

He said Yemen and Bahrain are well aware of how the military option was used against the Libyan and the Ivory Coast governments and "the same possibility always exists for them as well".

The remarks by the Hungarian official came after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accused Iran of interfering in Bahrain's affairs.

The provocative and baseless accusation was leveled against Tehran after Iranian officials warned Riyadh that it was "playing with fire" by deploying troops in neighboring Bahrain.

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.

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