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Bahrain king says foreign plot against island foiled

King Hamad says unspecified foreign plot was threat to neighbouring Gulf states, thanked troops

Bahrain king says foreign plot against island foiled
BAHRAINI KING: Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa said a foreign plot against his country had been foiled by Gulf troops, curbing a threat against neighbouring states (Getty Images)
Bahrain king says foreign plot against island foiled
Bahrain king says foreign plot against island foiled
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Bahrain’s
King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa said a foreign plot against his country
had been foiled by Gulf troops, curbing a threat against neighbouring states.

“An external plot has been fomented for twenty to thirty
years for the ground to be ripe for subversive designs,” he was quoted as
telling Gulf troops by state-run news agency BNA.

The king
said if such a plot succeeded in Bahrain, then it could spill over to threaten
other Gulf states, BNA said. 

“Such subversive designs are not however possible, whether
in Bahrain or in any other GCC country,” he told troops.

Bahrain declared martial law on March 15 after troops from
Saudi Arabia and the UAE arrived to help quell protests that have gripped the
Gulf state for more than a month.

The army on March 19 demolished the 300ft monument on the
Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

The junction had been home to a makeshift protest camp for
protestors, many of whom come from Bahrain’s Shiite Muslim majority.

The crackdown has drawn fierce criticism from Iran, which
has accused the UAE and Saudi Arabia of betraying the Bahraini people by
sending forces to quash the protests. 

Bahrain’s government on Sunday spoke out against what it
called “blatant Iranian interference” in its internal affairs, and called for
the United Nations to “put an end” to Iran’s meddling.

The kingdom expelled Iran’s charge d'affaires on Sunday,
accusing him of contacts with some opposition groups, a diplomatic source told
Bloomberg.

He left shortly after the Iranian ambassador, who was asked
to leave last week. Iran expelled a Bahraini diplomat in response.

 

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Mohammed 9 years ago

Long Live our King.
May Allah bless him and this beautiful country.

Nicola Siotto 9 years ago

Iran criticising the way demonstrators were handled is simply the joke of the century compared to what they did to their own citizens not so many months back.

Omar 9 years ago

What is the involvement of Saudi and UAE troops is not foreign involvement in the internal affairs of Bahrain? Do not misunderstand me I am not against the leadership regimes in the GCC who in general have done an excellent job in the material and economic development of their countries. However history shows that without social and political development citizenry will never fully satisfied. I long to see the fantastic economic visions and plans from GCC leaders augmented with meaningful political development. This I hope would avert revolution.

centurion 9 years ago

Absolutely right! Iran is hardly a beacon of hope, is it? Most people in Iran with an average IQ desperately want to get rid of the present regime which is only kept in place by illiterate peasants, thugs on motor cycles and a very unpleasant militia which use torture on a daily basis. Hello? Think about that before you recommend the mullahs for Bahrain.