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Bahrain Hails Iranian FM's Positive Statement

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 15 (ICANA) – Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa appreciated the statements made by his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi about the Bahraini King's recent speech as a positive and encouraging step.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 8:09:25 PM
Bahrain Hails Iranian FM's Positive Statement

Shaikh Khalid indicated that such a step would help improve bilateral relations between the two Islamic countries.

The Bahraini foreign minister highlighted that the interests of the region called for the preservation of stability and security through building good relations with all countries.

He added that it was important to reinforce principles of mutual respect and embedding trust and good neighboring to encourage better ties, specially between the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) and Iran.

This in turn he said would benefit all and help achieve all aspirations.

The Iranian foreign minister welcomed the offer of talks put forward by the Bahraini King, describing it as a good move to settle the crisis in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

"Demand of people of Bahrain is the same longing demand made by other countries and raising issues of Shiite and Sunni and Iran and Arab states only seeks laying the blame on other countries," he told reporters on Saturday.

Also regarding his recent trips to regional countries, Salehi said, "the trips have had its required impact and recent comments of Bahraini King was a good measure towards settlement of Bahrain's issue and we hope it will be fixed."

"We hope Bahraini nations would get rid of cruel pressures and manage to obtain their goals and that nation and government could live peacefully," Salehi continued.

At a meeting with the members of Bahrain's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said Manama seeks "brotherhood" in its ties with Iran and "offers friendship" to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The king 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.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13 to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

Yet, protests and rallies continued throughout the country in defiance of the martial law put in place by Manama since last month.

During the recent days, Bahrainis have repeated their demand for the ouster of King Al Khalifa and condemned Riyadh's involvement in the suppression of the revolution.

People have announced that they will continue protests until the regime collapses.

Demonstrators have been demanding constitutional reforms as well as an end to the 230-year-old monarchy, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital's Pearl Square since February 14.

Bahraini and Saudi security forces have been brutally suppressing anti-government protestors. So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.

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