Bahrain's chamber of commerce urges boycott of Iran

May 1, 2011 18:11

DUBAI - Bahrain's chamber of commerce called on Gulf Arab nationals to boycott Iranian goods and halt financial transactions with Tehran, accusing it of interfering in the country's affairs, state media said.

Bahrain has blamed Iran for stoking Shi'ite-led protests calling for democratic reforms and an end to sectarian discrimination in the Sunni-led island kingdom.

"A call has gone out today to boycott Iranian goods, in retaliation to Tehran's flagrant interference in Bahrain's internal affairs and non-respect of its independence and sovereignty," Bahrain's state news agency reported.

"Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry has also urged all Gulf Cooperation Council nationals to follow suit and boycott Iranian merchants," it added.

Bahrain mainly imports food, including dry fruits, from Iran.

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