Iranian president calls worthless statement by Gulf Cooperation Council

Iran Materials 4 April 2011 19:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 4 /Trend/

At a press conference broadcasted by the official Iranian news channel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called worthless the statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council, condemning Iran's interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain.

Ahmadinejad said the Cooperation Council issued this statement under the U.S. pressure. He urged the heads of Arab states to distance from the United States.

Last week the committee on foreign policy and national security of Iran's Parliament issued a statement expressing its protest against Saudi Arabia and the UAE's sending military forces to Bahrain and warned of "possible" outcome of such actions. "Playing with fire is not in favor of Saudi Arabia," said the statement by the Iranian Parliament.
Gulf Arab states voiced deep concern on Sunday over what they called Iranian interference in their affairs after Iran objected to the dispatch of Saudi troops to Bahrain and a spying row raised tensions. A statement issued after a meeting of foreign ministers rejected Iran's "continuing interference" in the internal affairs of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). "The (foreign affairs ministers meeting) severely condemned Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain which is in violation of international pacts," the statement said.