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PGCC's Claims Termed "Baseless"

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TEHRAN, June 15 (ICANA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast on Wednesday strongly rejected the baseless claims made by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council about Tehran's interference in PGCC states' internal affairs, reminding that such allegations do not help restore security and stability in the region.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:20:29 PM
PGCC's Claims Termed "Baseless"

According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry's Information and Press Bureau, Mehman-Parast dismissed the final statement of the 119th PGCC foreign ministers meeting, and said the unreal and redundant accusations leveled against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the recent PGCC statement are "baseless" and "rejected".

He further pointed out that the PGCC claims against Iran are aimed at diverting world attention from the interventionist, militaristic and crisis-sparking actions taken by certain PGCC member states against the neighboring nations who have only demanded their legitimate rights.

The spokesman further reiterated that maintenance of security in the Persian Gulf region is important and a priority for the Islamic Republic, but certain currents and media of the regional countries are playing an irresponsible and destructive role by sowing discord and promoting an atmosphere of animosity among the regional nations.

"Such measures would never help establish security and stability in the region and would only take attention off the main and real danger and threat (posed to the nation), that is the Zionist regime," he added.

In a recent ministerial meeting of the PGCC, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accused Iran of interfering in Bahrain's affairs after Tehran warned Riyadh that it was "playing with fire" by deploying troops in neighboring Bahrain.

Yet, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa told the same PGCC meeting that Iran is not at all involved in his country's unrests.

A source privy to the PGCC told FNA that Sheikh Hamad, who addressed the PGCC emergency meeting as a guest, said that "Iran does not have any role in Bahrain's developments", but his statements were ignored at the session since a number of other Arab countries felt unhappy with his remarks.

Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy's fifth fleet, is viewed as a very sensitive and determining factor in the power equations of the region.

While Tehran has just issued warnings against the massacre of the innocent people in Bahrain and taken no action to interfere in the domestic affairs of the tiny Persian Gulf island, Saudi Arabia has embarked on dispatching troops to Bahrain, killing peaceful protestors in the country on a daily basis.

Yet, the PGCC in its statement blasted Iran for expressing its views on Bahrain and ignored massacre of the Bahraini protestors by the Saudi troops.

Meantime, Iran announced on Sunday that it has prepared a proposal to settle the existing problems in Bahrain, and said it is waiting for the Bahraini government's readiness to discuss the plan.

"We are having consultations with different parties and we will declare our readiness for offering the proposal whenever they announce that they are ready," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told FNA on the sidelines of the second international conference on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in Tehran on Sunday.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had earlier made similar comments in a press conference here in Tehran earlier this month.

"I hope that in the near future conditions are prepared and we can present our proposal so they can resolve the issue," Ahmadinejad told the press conference, without elaborating on his plan.

Dismissing claims that Iran meddles in Bahrain's internal affairs, President Ahmadinejad said, "Had Iran wanted to interfere in regional affairs, the entire region would have been affected."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has never had any problem with any country of the region," Ahmadinejad reiterated.

"The ruler of Bahrain should sit down and negotiate with his people. It is not acceptable for him to have unlimited responsibilities. This is not accepted anywhere... . The people should have the right to vote, a vote that is both free and just," he added.

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 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 1,500 others have been injured.

The Bahraini people have repeatedly condemned Riyadh's main role in the suppression of their revolution, and reiterated that they would continue protests until the collapse of the Al-Khalifa regime.

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