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Senior MP Rejects Iran's Friendship with Al-Khalifa Regime

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TEHRAN, May 11 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker rejected Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's proposal for the resumption of friendship between his government and Iran, and said Tehran would never establish close relations with puppet regimes.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:52:31 PM
Senior MP Rejects Iran's Friendship with Al-Khalifa Regime

"We will not shake your hands as long as you fulfill the US missions," Deputy Head of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi said on Wednesday.

Meantime, he underlined that friendship with all the regional countries sets the policy and strategy of the Islamic Republic, but "these friendships are based on clear factors, and respect for nations' rights is one of them".

"We expect the Bahraini rulers to respect the rights of their nation and not to prefer Americans to their own people," Ebrahimi underlined.

Bahrain's state TV quoted king Hamad as saying that he is willing to reach out to Iran to solve issues despite the reported differences between his regime and Iran.

At a meeting with the members of Bahrain's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, the king said Manama seeks "brotherhood" in its relations with Iran and "offers friendship" to the Islamic Republic.

King Hamad expressed Manama's willingness to work with Tehran to pinpoint and tackle the existing problems, saying such cooperation will serve the interests of both Iranians and Arabs.

He also warned of the attempts by some media and entities to sow discord among Arabs, Iran and Muslim nations.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have poured into the streets, calling for an end to the ruling of Al Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost forty years.

On March 13, Saudi-led forces were dispatched to the Persian Gulf island at Manama's request to quell the countrywide protests.

Since the deployment of Saudi troops in Bahrain, Manama has shown itself capable of great brutality in suppressing the anti-regime protesters.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others arrested and sent to unknown locations during Manama's violent crackdown on protesters. A number of the deaths have occurred under torture.

Regime forces have also raided dozens of mosques, schools, sacred sites and even graves in persisting efforts to suppress all opposition.

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