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MPs Slam Bahrain over Iran Diplomat Row

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TEHRAN, April 27 (ICANA) – A number of Iranian Parliament (Majlis) members have criticized Bahrain for the expulsion of an Iranian diplomat from the small Persian Gulf kingdom.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 9:49:35 AM
MPs Slam Bahrain over Iran Diplomat Row

The Iranian lawmakers' criticism came on Tuesday, a day after Bahraini authorities issued an order, asking the Iranian diplomat to leave the Persian Gulf state within 72 hours over his alleged links with a spy cell in Kuwait.

Abdolreza Torabi, one of the Iranian legislators, told Press TV that the recent diplomatic spat between Iran and Bahrain has been triggered by Western countries as they try to divert public attention from the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

Javad Jahangirzadeh, another member of the parliament, said, “We are only giving them (peaceful Bahraini protesters) moral support, and it simply sounds ridiculous to say that Iran is meddling in their internal affairs, while other countries have sent troops on the ground.”

“As far as diplomatic relations go, they (Bahraini authorities) have taken the first step,” he added.

Also on Tuesday, Iranian lawmaker Mohammad-Taqi Rahbar said, “Iran should boycott pilgrimage to Mecca because the money that Muslims spend in Saudi Arabia is used to buy weapons to massacre Bahraini Muslims.”

“I really do not believe that we need to have any relations with these governments,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Monday that the Islamic Republic reserves the right to take retaliatory measures against Bahrain.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops to Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed crackdowns on Bahraini anti-government protesters. The anti-government protests against the rule of the al-Khalifa dynasty began in mid-February.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights in Manama has reported that the country's anti-government protesters, detained by the government forces, have undergone torture.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others gone missing during the brutal crackdowns.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned the Bahraini and Saudi regimes for their heavy-handed tactics against the Bahraini population.

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