Bahrain says Iran complaints harm Gulf security

March 17, 2011 23:20

DUBAI - Bahrain said on Thursday Iranian complaints to the United Nations over its crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim protesters did not serve the security and stability of the Gulf region.

Bahrain called in forces from fellow Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states this week to help it end weeks of protests by the Shi'ite majority, a move which has drawn rare US criticism and raised tensions with Shi'ite Muslim power Iran.

Iran complained to the United Nations about the crackdown earlier on Thursday and asked regional countries to urge Saudi Arabia to withdraw troops from the Sunni-ruled island.

"Iran's move does not serve security and stability in the Gulf region nor does it help in building friendly relations between neighboring countries," Hamad al-Amer, undersecretary for regional and Gulf Cooperation Council affairs, said.

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