Iran calls for UN action over Bahrain crisis

March 17, 2011 14:53

TEHRAN - Iran has complained to the United Nations about Bahrain's crackdown on Shi'ite protesters and asked regional countries to join it to urge Saudi Arabia to withdraw troops from the island state, reports said on Thursday.

The main Shi'ite power in a region dominated by Sunni Muslim rulers, Iran has said the Bahrain crisis, where at least six people died in clashes on Wednesday, could lead to wider conflict.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, also addressed to the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Saudi Arabia had used Bahrain's call for military support from its neighbours as a "pretext for intervention".

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