Kingdom condemns "irresponsible" Iranian statements on Bahrain

February 18, 2009

Saudi Arabia today condemned repeated irresponsible statements by Iranian officials asserting Tehran’s claim on Bahrain.
 

An official source told the Saudi Press Agency today that repeated allegations and remarks by a number of Iranian officials, political and media figures purporting rights in the Kingdom of Bahrain “create obstacles in the way of good intentions aiming to build good-neighborly relations between the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council states (GCC) and Iran.”

The Kingdom believes that such “irresponsible statements”, especially those made by editor-in-chief of Kayhan newspaper Hossein Shariatmadari, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, Inspector General and advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Iranian parliamentarian Darius Guenbri, “are only an attempt to change the historical and geographical facts and constitute a flagrant infringement on the sovereignty of a member of the GCC, in addition to its membership in the League of Arab States and the United Nations as they represent a transgression against the Kingdom of Bahrain and its Arab identity."

The source added that "the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia categorically rejects such statements and expresses its deep regret over such views stressing that such remarks place obstacles in the way of good intentions aiming to build good-neighborly relations between the GCC states and Iran based on friendliness and mutual respect, as well as initiatives to achieve security and stability in the region and avert a rift between Muslims."