Tehran condemns Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Khalifa’s "baseless" claims that Iran is a foreign enemy and a security threat, a spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - On Sunday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a democratic coalition of Iranian organizations, reported about Khalifa’s claim that Iran was the first security threat to the Middle East. Reports also suggested that Bahrain planned to create a standing committee in the Arab League against Iran, FNA reported.
"Bahrain is entangled in an internal crisis and is after a foreign enemy to divert the public opinion from the issue," Bahram Qassemi said.
Qassemi reportedly called on Manama to resolve its own internal problems peacefully.
Qassemi criticized the Bahraini government’s inability to seek a peaceful resolution, and reportedly called the executions "reckless.
Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis, calling on the al-Khalifa rulers to relinquish power.
In March that year, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, themselves repressive Arab regimes, were deployed to the country to assist Manama in its crackdown on protests. Hundreds of Bahraini activists have been imprisoned and suppressed.
On June 20, Bahraini authorities stripped Sheikh Qassim of his citizenship, less than a week after suspending the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the country’s main opposition bloc, and dissolving the Islamic Enlightenment Institution founded by Qassim, and the opposition al-Risala Islamic Association.
Over the past few weeks, demonstrators have held sit-in protests outside Sheikh Qassim’s home to denounce his citizenship removal.
Bahrain has also sentenced Sheikh Ali Salman, another revered opposition cleric, to nine years in prison on charges of seeking regime change and collaborating with foreign powers, which he has denied.
Sheikh Salman was the secretary general of the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, which was Bahrain’s main opposition bloc before being dissolved by the regime.
In the middle of the night, on January 15 2017, three citizens of Bahrain were executed by firing squad. Abbas al-Samea, 27, Ali al-Singace, 21, and Sami Mushaima 42, had all been found guilty of planting a bomb which killed three policemen – but their convictions were widely seen as unsafe.
Bahrain’s Al Khalifah regime to execute two more Shia activists. On December 29, 2014, Bahrain’s Fourth Superior Criminal Court handed down death penalty to Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa for their alleged involvement in a bombing on February 14, 2014 in the city of Muharraq, which resulted in the death of a policeman.