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News number: 9107166268

12:54 | 2013-05-01

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian Deputy FM Lambasts Int'l Community's Silence on Massacre of Bahraini People

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian lashed out at a majority of the world countries for keeping mum about the al-Khalifa regime's crimes against the Bahraini people.



Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with the Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Levent Gumrukcu here in Tehran on Tuesday.

"The international community has turned a deaf ear to the plight of the Bahraini people," Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister noted that certain governments' discriminatory attitude has paved the way for al-Khalifa regime to continue with its suppression of the Bahraini people.

Gumrukcu, for his part, supported Iran's foreign policy stances, and said, "My country considers dialogue as the only solution to the Bahraini problems."

The Turkish foreign ministry spokesman embarked on a visit to Iran on Monday to discuss bilateral ties and regional developments with the Iranian officials.

Gumrukcu's visit took place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Ramin Mehman-Parast.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.