Kuwaiti MP rebukes fellow MP for attacking Iran’s Ali Larijani

February 11, 2010

MP Faisal Al Mislim

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has requested a fellow MP to reconsider his attack on Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani, saying that it was not based on facts.

“I was with Larijani when he spoke at the Kuwaiti parliament and he did not say of the things that MP Faisal Al Mislim had used to build his statement against him,” MP Mubarak Al Kharainij said.

“Larijani said at his press conference that cooperation between Iran and Gulf countries would help bolster stability in the region. He also warned against regional, Western and Zionist movements working on creating and deepening rifts between Iran and its neighbours, but stressed that Tehran respected the countries’ right to follow the policy that suits their people,” he said, according to Kuwaiti daily Annahar on Thursday.

During a visit to Kuwait earlier this month, Larijani said that “states in the region that house US military bases should know that these bases must not be used against Iran. The region should not become a launchpad for aggression against Iran.”

The parliament speaker however said that Iran “does not want to inflict any harm on the GCC states,” and charged that the United States was scaring the Gulf from Iran to promote its presence in the region.

But for Al Mislim, Larjiani’s words were “full of threats and menaces.”

“His statement lacked the necessary respect for the host country and for its parliament. The problem is that his threat to strike the Gulf states in case of an attack on Iran was uttered inside the Kuwaiti parliament,” he said. “The language used by Larijani was similar to the one used by teachers with their students or rather by a master with his slaves,” he was quoted as saying by Kuwait daily Al Rai.

Al Mislim also criticised the Kuwaiti foreign ministry for “lapsing into silence”, saying that it should have reacted to Larijani’s statement.

“It is obvious that Larijani is seeking a higher position in Iran, and we tell him that he should not use Kuwait to gain political mileage in his own country,” the MP said.





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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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