DUBAI - Bahrain summoned Iran's charge d'affaires on Monday to protest against what it called interference in its internal affairs.

A government statement said Mahdi Islami was called in over Iran's "deliberately attributing false information to Bahraini officials and promoting it in the media" and "through ties and contacts with specific groups in the Bahraini community".

The government gave no further details.

It's statement appeared to refer to a meeting between the Iranian consul in Manama and Bahrain's leading Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Shaikh Isa Qassim.

Shi'ite Wefaq, the main opposition group, said the meeting came after Bahrain asked Iran to "contribute in finding a breakthrough to the political crisis in the country".

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