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Bahrain Warns Iran Against Interference

May 17, 2012

Bahrain has reportedly warned Iran against interfering in its affairs, in the wake of Iranian criticism of a proposed union between Gulf Arab states.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa was quoted on May 17 as saying the union -- which officials have said will start with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain -- was "a demand by the people" of the Gulf Arab nations.

Saudi Arabia also has warned Iran against interfering in the project.

Iran's Islamic Propagation Coordination Council, which organizes state-backed protests, earlier this week called on Iranians to protest on May 18 against the planned union.

Tensions between Shi'ite-dominated Iran and Gulf Arab nations have escalated since Saudi Arabia deployed troops to Shi'ite-majority Bahrain to quash an uprising against the Sunni-led regime.

Based on reports by AFP and AP

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/bahrain-warns-iran-against-interference/24584429.html

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