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Iran summons Bahraini charge d'affaires

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9002-04775

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iran summoned Bahraini charge d'affaires following expulsion of an Iranian diplomat for alleged link to a spy network in Kuwait.

The Bahraini official who is the only diplomat of the Persian Gulf neighboring state in Iran was summoned by the Director General of Iranian Foreign Ministry for Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf states on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the Iranian foreign ministry official voiced grave protest over baseless allegations against Iran by Bahrain.

The Iranian official stressed that the country has the right to retaliate Bahrain's measure and criticized Manama's wrongful approach towards popular demands and protestors.

"Deployment of foreign military in Bahrain not only does not help resolve the crisis, but also has made regional situation and Bahrain's domestic circumstance more complex," the Iranian official continued.

"The measure (unfounded allegations against Iran) by al-Khalifa dynasty aims at laying the blame on other countries and overshadowing inhumane measures of Bahraini government against defenseless people," he noted.

Also Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has already said that, "the right for the Islamic Republic of Iran in retaliation is kept based on international diplomatic norms."

His remarks came after Bahrain has ordered the expulsion of an Iranian diplomat for alleged links to a spy ring in Kuwait.

A statement on the Bahrain News Agency late on Monday claimed Bahrain's Foreign Ministry had summoned charge d'affaires Mehdi Islami to inform him diplomat Hojjatullah Rahmani had 72 hours to leave "based on his link to the spy cell in Kuwait."

This month Kuwait expelled three Iranian diplomats for involvement in an alleged spy ring.

Tehran ordered three Kuwaiti diplomats to leave Iran.

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