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MP Slams Insulting Behavior of Saudi Troops in Bahrain

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TEHRAN, April 13 (ICANA) – Top Iranian legislator Alaeddin Boroujerdi has strongly criticized Saudi Arabian troops for desecrating a mosque in Bahrain and burning copies of the Holy Quran, saying Saudi Arabia is laying an axe to its own root.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:47:36 PM
MP Slams Insulting Behavior of Saudi Troops in Bahrain

On Tuesday, new footage from Bahrain showed a mosque destroyed in the northern city of Kawarah in attacks by Saudi forces.

The video also displayed burnt pages of the Holy Quran buried under masses of debris.

“Saudi Arabia is laying an axe to its root by carrying out such actions,” Boroujerdi, who is the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee chairman, told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday.

He stated, “Such actions ignite flames of revenge among the people.”

They assume that they can undermine the people’s faith through insulting religious symbols and sanctities, unaware of the fact that such actions will only strengthen the people’s resolve, he added.

“Destroying mosques and other religious sites is a completely wrong policy,” Boroujerdi opined.

He also said insult to Quran by Saudi Arabian troops is a repeat of what a pastor did recently in a church in Florida.

Terry Jones, the pastor of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church, who after international condemnation last year canceled a plan to burn copies of the Quran to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, supervised the burning of the book in front of a crowd of about 50 people at an obscure church in Florida on March 20.

Boroujerdi also called on Muslims all over the world to protest at the blasphemous action.

He went on to say that such sacrilegious moves not only generate hatred among the people of Bahrain, but also hurt the sentiments of the world’s Muslims.

“Saudi Arabia will also lose the remainder of its reputation in the Islamic world (through conducting such actions),” the senior lawmaker noted.

Language of threat does not befit regional states’ officials

In another interview with the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday, Boroujerdi criticized the remarks by Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Abdel-Aziz al-Qattan in which he implicitly threatened Iran with military attack.

In a recent televised interview with Al Hayat TV, the Saudi Arabian ambassador stated that his country has always extended hand of friendship to Iran, particularly at the time when Saudi Arabian King Abdullah was the crown prince, but unfortunately there is no end to Iran’s conspiracies in the Persian Gulf region.

The remarks that the Iranian officials have recently made are “weird”, he said.

They have accused Saudi Arabia of meddling in the affairs of Bahrain while Iran is itself interfering in the affairs of Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and the Persian Gulf littoral states, the ambassador claimed.

The security of the Persian Gulf states is Saudi Arabia’s “red line”, he said, adding that his country will not allow Iran to undermine the security in those countries.

If Iran is seeking to destabilize the Persian Gulf states, Saudi Arabia has the capability to confront this country, he noted.

However, Saudi Arabia hopes that Iran will not test Riyadh’s capability, the ambassador stated.

Boroujerdi said it was the policies of the U.S. and Israel coming out of the ambassador’s mouth.

“Such language does not become (officials of) regional states,” Boroujerdi noted

Iran’s policy is to avoid engaging in military actions, and all regional countries are aware of this fact, Boroujerdi added.

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