Bahrain says ambassador’s remarks about Iran misunderstood

October 10, 2010

Bahrain on Sunday said that remarks by its ambassador in the US about Iran’s nuclear programme “may have been inaccurately reported, or have been misinterpreted or misunderstood.”

Last week, a Washington Times article reported that Houda Nonoo feared Bahrain “could become the first casualty of a nuclear-armed Iran” and referred to Iran’s claims to Bahrain.

“Iran has had claims in the past on Bahrain,” Nonoo was quoted as saying in an interview with the US daily posted on Thursday. “The latest was on their 30th anniversary in February 2009, where they mentioned Bahrain as the 14th province. Very similar to [Saddam Hussein’s] Iraq mentioning Kuwait as their 19th province.”

Nonoo, Bahrain’s ambassador in Washington since July 2008, reportedly said that “if Iran has [a nuclear] capability, nobody is going to be able to stop them.”

However, Bahrain’s foreign ministry said that there has been a misinterpretation or misquote of the envoy’s statement.

“Bahrain has consistently made clear its support for the right of all states to the peaceful civilian use of nuclear energy, transparently and in accordance with the relevant international framework and safeguards,” the ministry said in a statement reported by Bahrain News Agency (BNA). “Bahrain has made clear on a number of occasions that the Islamic Republic of Iran is no exception to this right.”

According to the statement, Bahrain has, at the same time, “called on Iran to demonstrate full transparency and cooperation with the International Community, including the IAEA, to address any concerns over its nuclear programme.”

“The Ambassador’s remarks were not intended to, and did not, deviate or detract from this consistently established position, which remains the position of the Kingdom of Bahrain,” the ministry said.



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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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