Diplomat: Iran ‘worried’ over Bahrain's tear gas use against own citizens
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 17/Trend M. Moezzi
Iran's diplomat to the Arab world has voiced concerns over Bahrain's use of tear gas against its own citizens.
In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Bahrain is using lethal tear gas on innocent civilians.
"Some Western countries," said Mr Amir-Abdollahian," have provided the small Persian Gulf kingdom with tear gas that has choked tens of children and old and young Bahrainis to death.
The deputy foreign minister criticised Saudi Arabia's interference in Bahrain's affairs, saying "military and security measures create hatred in people..."
In 2011, Bahrain saw demonstrations demanding political reforms in the kingdom and greater rights for the Shiite majority oppressed by the ruling Sunni monarchy. With Saudi Arabia's help, the government managed to beat back the protestors.