GCC States reject the ‘provocative’ Iranian statement towards Bahrain

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Jul 2011

An aggressive Friday sermon delivered by the chairman of the Iranian Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati, renews tensions in Gulf-Iran relations

The Gulf Cooperation Council ( GCC) member states expressed their total rejection for the ‘false’ and ‘provocative’  claims made by Jannati last Friday.  According to MENA, GCC states regarded Jannati’s words as an unwelcomed interference in the Bahraini domestic affairs, a political discourse that disregards Bahrain’s sovereignty and independence.

Seeking to portray the Gulf protest in an official image, Secretary-General of the  GCC Abdul Latif Al Zayani  handed a  protest note to Sayed Mohammad Jawad Rasouli, the Iranian ambassador in Bahrain  during their meeting today in Riyadh.

The protest note stipulated the inconsistency of Jannati’s statement with the the principles of good neighborliness, the United Nations Charter and international legitimacy, placing the Gulf-Iranian diplomatic relations on the verge of collapse.

The GCC states called the Iranian officials to put an end for their inflammatory statements towards the Kingdom of Bahrain and its people, as to preserve the regional interests that connect the Gulf with the Islamic republic.

The protest note finalised its message by praising on the  enormous efforts of His Majesty Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain,  in promoting national unity, protecting  civil peace, and enhancing the Bahrainian  path of political reform that fulfills the hopes and aspirations of his people.


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