Iran distances itself from violence in Bahrain, puts blame on countries with negative plans for the region

August 18, 2010

Iran has distanced itself from the recent wave of clashes in Bahrain, saying that countries with an agenda targeting the region were behind the incitement to acts of violence, arson and destruction of property.

“The instigators of the current violence in Bahrain are people working for countries with negative plans for the region,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said. “Iran does not approve any form of violence and dialogue remains the best option to express oneself, particularly under the democracy and reforms launched in Bahrain under King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa,” the ambassador told Bahraini daily Al Bilad, but without naming any of the countries commanding violence.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian rejected claims that Iran fomented sectarian divisions and caused problems in the countries of the region by supporting Shiites.

“If you speak with Bahrain’s senior officials, they will give you the names of countries that fuel sectarianism and sectarian problems. However, Iran will not be among them,” he said.

Bahrain has been hit since Friday by a wave of clashes between police and protestors following the arrest of members of the Haq Movement on charges of forming a network targeting Bahrain’s stability and security.

Bahraini authorities had vowed a zero-tolerance policy towards acts of violence and sabotage putting people’s lives and property at risk and moved to put “genuine Bahraini values” at the heart of all political activities..

Groups formed without an official registration have been given until the end of the month to regularize their situation and political societies have been told to help preserve the nation’s unity by standing against violence and sabotage.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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