SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast slammed Bahraini officials for their recent allegations against Iran, and advised the al-Khalifa regime to give care and attention to the Bahrainis' public demands.A recent twitter message by Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa which offered holding an anti-Islamic Republic meeting under the title of 'Iran's Friends' - similar to the 'Friends of Syria' conference which was recently held by a number of regional states and Syrian opposition groups to discuss ways of toppling President Bashar al-Assad - raised eyebrows in Tehran with Iranian officials replying that the real friends of Iran are the Bahraini people whose voices are not heard by their government.
Bahrain's anti-Iran remarks were made against "diplomatic norms and needed no response", Mehman-Parast told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday."Such countries (by such proposals) make their problems more complicated instead of seeking a correct solution and answering their people's demands," he added."Iran's friends are the Bahraini people and if they (the Bahraini officials and their allies) are due to hold a meeting, they had better listen to their people's voice, avoid actions which lead to the reinvigoration of terrorist groups and sheltering Monafeqin (hypocrites, as the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization's members are called in Iran) and take a lesson from Saddam's fate," he added."Our nation is a great nation and its friends are among the nations of the region," Mehman-Parast underlined.
His remarks came amid the growing uprisings in Bahrain. Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across the country since mid-February 2011, 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, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.
So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.Police clampdown on protesters continues daily. Authorities have tried to stop organized protests by opposition parties over the past month by refusing to license them and using tear gas on those who turn up.The opposition coalition wants full powers for the elected parliament and a cabinet fully answerable to parliament.
Source : Fars News