Bahrain summons Iranian charge d’affaires

September 6, 2012

Bahrain on Saturday summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires to hand him an official protest against inserting the name of Bahrain in the translation of the Egyptian President’s speech in Tehran.

The interpreter replaced Syria with Bahrain when President Mohammad Mursi talked about the so-called Arab Spring and enumerated the countries where people launched revolutions to change their regimes.

“Hamad Al Amer, the foreign affairs undersecretary for regional and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) affairs, has summoned the Iranian charge d’affaires and handed him a formal protest note following the tampering by the Iranian media and replacing Syria with Bahrain in the speech delivered by president Mohammad Mursi at the opening of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “Such an abuse and distortion of the facts is rejected and is regarded as interference in Bahrain’s domestic affairs and a violation of the norms.”

The foreign ministry demanded an apology from the Iranian government and the taking of the necessary measures to ensure that such negative attitudes harmed relations fraternal relations between Bahrain and Tehran, the foreign ministry said.

Bahrain last month reinstated its ambassador in Tehran after an 18-month absence after it pulled him out in March 2011 to protest against “Iran’s interference in Bahrain’s domestic affairs.”

Tehran withdrew its ambassador the following day, but has not told him to resume his work in Manama yet. Both embassies have remained open despite the recall fo the ambassadors.



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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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