Bahrain returns its ambassador to Iran after row

Move comes year after Bahrian recalled its envoy in protest of Tehran's criticism of Gulf-back crackdown on Shi'ites.

August 12, 2012 21:28
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DUBAI - Bahrain has reinstated its ambassador in Iran, the country's foreign minister said, more than a year after the island kingdom withdrew its envoy to protest at Tehran's criticism against a Gulf-backed crackdown on Shi'ite protesters.

Bahrain, a US ally which hosts the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, has been in turmoil since pro-democracy protests led by its Shi'ite majority erupted last year after revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.

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Bahrain asked Saudi Arabia to send forces to help it quell the protests last year. Shi'ite power Iran condemned the move, saying it could lead to regional instability. The United Arab Emirates also sent police forces to Bahrain.

Bahrain recalled its ambassador from Iran in March last year after a Bahraini foreign ministry official called the remarks "blatant interference in Bahrain's internal affairs." Tehran responded by withdrawing its ambassador in what appeared to be a tit-for-tat move.

"The ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Islamic Republic of Iran has returned to his work in Tehran," Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa wrote on his Twitter page late on Saturday.

Bahrain's Shi'ites complain they have long been marginalized in political and economic life, which the government denies. But there has been no progress on the main opposition demand for a parliament with full powers to legislate and form governments.

Bahrain's Sunni rulers have rejected opposition calls for an elected government, and protests and clashes with police continue.

Bahrain has accused Iran of being behind the unrest, but Tehran denied this.

Tension between Iran and US-allied Gulf Arab states has been high over Iran's nuclear energy program, which Gulf rulers fear will give Tehran a nuclear weapon.

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