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Iran against foreign military intervention in Bahrain

03-15-2011 17:10 BJT

TEHRAN, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that the foreign military intervention in Bahrain to confront the protests is "unacceptable."

The Persian Gulf states' military intervention in Bahrain will further complicate the situation, Ramin Mehmanparast said in his weekly press briefing on Tuesday after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) reportedly sent forces to Bahrain to maintain order and security.

The Baraini people have "legitimate demands that are expressed peacefully." Violence should be avoided in the face of the Bahrainis' demands and it is expected that they would be met in " correct ways," said Mehmanparast.

The GCC, a six-member regional bloc consisting Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman, would protect strategic facilities, such as oil, electricity and water installations along with financial and banking facilities.

This came after Bahraini police clashed on Sunday with a number of Shiite protestors in one of the most violent confrontations since troops killed seven protesters last month.

Referring to the Saturday surprise visit of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Manama, Mehmanparast said that "in any region where the U.S. military officials attend, we witness the suppression of people."

On Monday, Iran expressed concerns over the escalation of violence in Bahrain and the potential use of military forces in the region.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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