World Bulletin/News Desk
The Bahraini government on Monday described as "provocative" and "irresponsible" Iranian accusations for the Gulf country of "violating the sanctity of religious rituals".
"We strongly condemn the provocative statements…against the Kingdom of Bahrain," the Bahraini Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham on Monday accused Bahraini authorities of violating the sanctity of religious rituals in the Gulf kingdom.
"We absolutely reject all forms of interference in Bahrain's affairs," the Bahraini Foreign Ministry said, describing the Iranian claim as "baseless."
It went on to say that Bahrain has been keen on providing a climate of religious freedom for the adherents of all religious sects in the country.
Earlier in the day, Iran accused Bahraini authorities of attacking Shiites marking the yearly Ashura procession.
Shiite Muslims hold mourning processions on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, to mark the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, who was killed in a battle in the Iraqi city of Karbala in 680 AD.
The day is commonly known as Ashura.
Bahrain has been beset by political instability, one that Bahraini authorities blame on Shiite societies, for several years now.
Relations between Bahrain and Iran have also worsened in recent years against the background of accusations by Manama that Teheran interferes in its affairs.
Last Mod: 04 Kasım 2014, 00:06