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MP: Obama Remarks on Iran Impertinent

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 22 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker describes US President Barack Obama's attempts to blame Iran for the ongoing unrest in the Middle East as impertinent.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:39:46 PM
MP: Obama Remarks on Iran Impertinent

“Iran has been countering US moves since the victory of the Islamic Revolution,” head of the Iranian Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on Sunday.

He advised Obama to “open his eyes to the reality” and stop changing his position on regional developments.

In recent months, a wave of revolutions and anti-government uprisings has swept through the Arab world.

In Tunisia and Egypt, popular revolutions led to regime change in the two North African countries. This is while anti-government protests have been rocking Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Algeria.

On Thursday, Obama made a televised speech on Middle East developments, in which he accused Iran of meddling in the recent uprisings in the Middle East.

“In the years following the Islamic Revolution [in Iran], US Congress approved hundreds of millions of dollars in funds to counter Iran,” Boroujerdi pointed out.

He went on to say that although at a point the US and its allies temporarily managed to use their investments against the Iranian nation to create a few days of unrest in the country, the Iranian nation thwarted their plots.

The senior lawmaker pointed to the violent crackdown on anti-government protests in Bahrain by Al Khalifa and Saudi-led forces, criticizing Obama for his silence over the issue, despite his 'apparent support for human rights.'

Since the beginning of anti-government protests in Bahrain in mid-February, scores of protesters have been killed and many others have gone missing.

According to opposition groups, over 800 anti-government activists, including 17 women, have been arrested.

The protesters are demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Bahraini security forces, backed by Saudi Arabia, are brutally cracking down on demonstrators.

Protesters say they will continue their street demonstrations until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.

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