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Iran's FM Dismisses Military Solution to Bahrain Crisis

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 18 (ICANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi denounced the military suppression of peaceful protestors in Bahrain, and stressed that the problem in Bahrain has no military solution.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:35:43 PM
Iran's FM Dismisses Military Solution to Bahrain Crisis

"There is no military solution to the Bahrain crisis, continued presence of foreign military forces in the country will further complicate the situation," Salehi said in a meeting with Kuwaiti Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah on Wednesday.

Salehi also criticized the Bahraini regime for its lack of self-restraint in dealing with a nation which has raised its demands through peaceful means and based on its citizenship rights.

He also underlined the necessity for an end to the current militaristic approach in Bahrain and meeting people's demands through political reforms.

Sheikh Sabah, for his part, praised Salehi for his diplomatic initiative which took him to several regional countries, including Kuwait, to remove misunderstandings and explain the Islamic Republic of Iran's stance.

He stressed the necessity for a negotiated solution to the current problems in the region, and stated, "We are confident about the Islamic Republic of Iran's good will and objectives and we attach much importance to relations with Iran."

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.

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.

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 repeatedly underlined that they will continue protests until the regime collapses and condemned Riyadh's involvement in the suppression of the revolution.

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