Kuwaiti cabinet condemns Iranian claims on Bahrain
The Kuwaiti cabinet on Monday condemned statements by some Iranian officials about the sovereignty and independence of Bahrain.
In its weekly meeting, the Kuwaiti cabinet expressed its dismay over these "negative" remarks, which it said "hinder efforts exerted by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its sincere desire to build a relationship of friendship and cooperation with Iran," according to the official KUNA news agency.
A statement released by the Kuwait cabinet said the claims made by Iranian officials violated the sovereignty of Gulf Arab country Bahrain, voicing hope that Iranian officials would show keenness for maintaining good relations and mutual respect for its neighbors, Xinhua reported.
Iran should also refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries so as to strengthen ties in the interest of the people of the region, said the statement.
A number of Iranian officials have recently claimed that Bahrain was an integral part of the Islamic republic and questioned its Arabic identity.
Meanwhile, Bahrain's Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, rebuffed the Iranian claims and called on the Tehran government to respect the fact that Iran and Bahrain are good neighbors.