Bahrain liable for regional consequences of crackdown: Iranian official

By Voice of Bahrain

An Iranian deputy foreign minister says Bahrain must shoulder the responsibility for the regional consequences of adopting a security approach toward the country’s developments.

“If Bahrain adopts a solution other than the people’s participation in its [internal] affairs and takes a security approach toward [the country’s] developments instead of a political one, the responsibility of such an approach, particularly its consequences for the region, will rest with the Bahraini government,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdullahian said on Monday.

Amir-Abdullahian said Iran had expressed its readiness to help resolve the crisis the Arab country following Bahrain’s repeated requests for Tehran’s assistance, but Manama showed “no seriousness” in implementing its own suggestion.

“However, the Islamic Republic of Iran is still ready to play a positive role in resolving the issue,” the Iranian official added.
Bahrain’s revolution started in mid-February 2011, when demonstrators, inspired by the revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive anti-regime protests.

Dozens of people have been killed in the regime’s crackdown. Bahrain’s security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured protesters.

A report published by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry in November 2011 found that the Al Khalifa regime had used ‘excessive force’ in the campaign of suppression and accused Manama of torturing political activists, politicians, and protesters.


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