DUBAI - Thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday against plans for union
between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, state television showed, and an
influential cleric denounced the idea as an "ill-fated plot" that will
never be tolerated by Muslims.
Tension between Iran and US-allied Gulf Arab states has run high in
recent months with Arab leaders accusing Tehran of fomenting Shi'ite
Muslim unrest in Bahrain - a charge that Shi'ite Iran and the protesters
The dispute worsened when Tehran denounced efforts by six Gulf Arab
states at a summit earlier this week to forge closer political and
military union, largely to counter Iran's growing regional power. The
talks ended inconclusively.
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