It Begins… Iranian Official Calls On Government to React to Saudi Presence in Bahrain
A top Iranian official urged the regime today to “react” to the Saudi presence in Bahrain. Saudi Arabia sent troops into neighboring Bahrain yesterday to “help maintain order.”
Iranian Fars News reported:
A senior Iranian legislator called on the foreign ministry to show firm reaction against deployment of Saudi military forces in Bahrain and take strong stances and measures in defense of the rights and independence of the Bahraini people.
“The foreign ministry should take a strong position against the dispatch of the Saudi forces to Bahrain” and defend the people’s move and rule over the country, Mostafa Kavakebian said in an open session of the parliament on Tuesday.
He also urged Iran’s diplomacy apparatus to devise plans and avoid adopting a passive policy on the growing wave of the Islamic awakening in the region to diminish the chances of success of the hegemonic powers in their plans for stopping or derailing the current revolutions.
His remarks came after Saudi Arabia sent more than 1,000 Saudi soldiers into Bahrain amidst widespread antigovernment protests.
The Saudi military forces in tanks and armored personnel carriers crossed the 16-mile causeway into the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain.
Persian Gulf Cooperation Council states, by contrast, moved quickly in response to a request from Bahrain’s ruling al-Khalifa family to dispatch the first deployment of Arab troops across national borders since a revolt in Tunisia in December sparked unrest across the Arab world.
The Saudi Ambassador was summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry today.