Bahrain-Iran ties in crisis after 'hostile remarks'

Bahrain has recalled its ambassador to Tehran and says has it foiled arms smuggling plot by Iranian-backed suspects.

Bahrain-Iran ties in crisis after 'hostile remarks'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Bahrain has recalled its ambassador to Tehran for discussions after what it said were repeated hostile Iranian statements.

Authorities also said an arms smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran had been foiled.

The announcements were made on the eve of a tour of some Arab states by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif aimed at calming tensions following the historic nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

A report in Al Jazeera states that most Gulf Arab states are concerned that the July 14 accord will hasten a rapprochement between Tehran and Washington that could embolden Iran to heighten support for paramilitary groups across the Middle East.

The interior ministry said the two suspects had acknolwedge receiving shipment of explosives, automatic weapons and ammunition from Iranian handlers outside Bahrain's territorial waters. It added that one had received military training at a Revolutionary Guards camp in Iran in 2013.

There was no immediate comment from Iran on the Bahraini statement.

Deadly attacks

Bahrain has reported increasing number of attacks using homemade explosives in the past two years and has accused a banned Shia opposition group called Saraya al-Ashtar of responsibility for some of them.

Iran denies interfering in Bahrain, although it acknowledges it does support opposition groups seeking greater political and economic rights for Bahrain's Shia community.

 

Bahraini state media reported on Saturday that the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA) "strongly denounced the repeated blatant Iranian interference in Bahrain's internal affairs in order to shake up the kingdom's stability and fan tension".

Shortly after, parliament's foreign affairs committee announced the envoy's recall and demanded an extraordinary Arab summit to discuss "Iranian interference".

Bahrain did not specify what the hostile comments were.

 

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