Iranian Parliament’s Speaker: US liable for Saudi invasion of Bahrain
The US should be answerable for its 'traceable involvement' in the violent suppression of protests in the Middle East, North Africa and the invasion of Bahrain, the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani said, Press TV reported with reference to ISNA.
Larijani pointed to the recent visit by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Bahraini capital city of Manama and said, "Following the visit, certain countries in the Persian Gulf announced that sending troops to Bahrain is aimed at supporting the ruling government in the country."
"It is very clear that such an aggressive move has been carried out in support of the US during the defense secretary's trip. Regional nations have the right to declare that Washington is responsible for any violence and killing," he added.
"The visit by the US secretary of defense to Bahrain and the uncertain stance taken by European countries revealed the real attitude of the United States and West," Larijani emphasized.
Robert Gates made an unannounced visit to Manama on Friday evening, shortly before troops from Saudi Arabia and other neighboring Arab countries were sent to Bahrain.
Larijani warned US-backed dictatorial governments in the region, which violated the basic rights of Bahraini people, to prepare themselves for the reaction of regional nations.
"Iran's Majlis warns regional countries that they should not think that their military intervention, by the US order, will bear no cost," he said and urged them not to provoke the oppressed people to stage further uprisings.
The Iranian Majlis Speaker's remarks came after Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Cooperation Council member states dispatched their armed forces to Bahrain in response to Manama's call for military help to quell public protests.
The United States, which has its Fifth Fleet based there, has declined to term the troops' move into Bahrain as incursion.
At least seven people have lost their lives and hundreds of others have sustained injuries following the Bahraini government's violent crackdown on demonstrators.