Bahrain. Saudi Arabia. Iran. Dangerous Liaisons.
Manama (BNA): Chairman and members of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Committee at the Representatives Council have rejected the Iranian Parliament‘s statement on the GCC Union, asserting that Iran has nothing to do with what Bahrain decides.
The committee also denounced the continuous silence regarding Iran’s hostile statements, incitement and encroachment on GCC countries‘ sovereignty, adding that Iran’s media instigation is behind the march to be staged by youths against the idea of GCC Union, a “purely GCC and Arab” issue.
Parliament Committee Strongly Condemns Statement of Iranian Parliament
Ala’eddin Boroujerdi, Head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission: “The United States is trying to disturb the balance in the region once again, which today is in favor of the Islamic Republic, and in order to do so it wishes to annihilate Syria and annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said that “Iran has nothing to do with what happens between the two countries, even if it develops into a unity.”
He was speaking at the end of a Gulf Cooperation Council summit at which leaders discussed plans to turn the bloc into a union, starting with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
“These statements represent a flagrant interference in internal affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and a gross violation of its sovereignty and independence, which constitute a completely unacceptable conduct,” the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“Such statements are in obvious violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law that govern the relations among states. Such statements also contravene the objectives and principles of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). We urge the Islamic Republic of Iran to promptly comply with international norms and laws that oblige it to respect the principles of good neighborliness and to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other states,” the ministry said.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to desist from making such damaging statements and take immediate steps to prevent its recurrence.”
“Such statements are detrimental to the principles of good neighborliness, and eventually undermine the security and stability of the region as a whole,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added.
—Bahrain condemns Iranian MPs’ statements
London, May 18 (BNA)– His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Women, and HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, attended today the Diamond Jubilee celebration for Her Majesty Queen of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth II‘s accession to the throne, at Windsor Castle in the British Capital, London, in the presence of senior members of the British royal family led by Duke of Edinburgh His Royal Highness Prince Philip and heir to the throne Prince Charles.
The celebration was also attended by countries’ leaders, Monarchs, representatives, key political and economic figures and senior officials.
—HM King Hamad attends Diamond Jubilee celebration
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