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Gulf Council Warns Iran About Stirring Up Trouble

A visit by Iran's president to the island of Abu Musa has upped tensions with the UAE.
A visit by Iran's president to the island of Abu Musa has upped tensions with the UAE.
Saudi Arabia has again warned Iran not to stir up trouble among Gulf Arab states. 

At a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef condemned what he called Iran's "occupation" of an island also claimed by the United Arab Emirates and its alleged role in Bahrain, where mainly Shi'ite-led unrest has flared up again. 

"We stress that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the council countries stand in a unified line with Bahrain and the UAE to protect sovereignty and stability, considering their security a part of the council's security as a whole," Nayef said at the meeting.

Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, sent troops into Bahrain last year to put down an uprising seen by Sunni Muslim Gulf rulers as being supported by Shi'ite Iran. 

Clashes between Bahraini security forces and mostly Shi'ite protesters have flared up recently, in part due to Bahrain's hosting of a Formula One race. 

Tensions between Gulf Arab states and Iran have also risen due to a visit last month by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to Abu Musa, one of three islands claimed by both Iran and the UAE. 

"Any harm that comes across any of our countries is harm that touches us all," Nayef said. "From this point, I confirm the permanent position of Saudi Arabia condemning what the UAE has experienced in unacceptable practices from a neighboring country which has consistently ignored the legal right of the United Arab Emirates over its three islands occupied by Iran."

Over the weekend, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said in a speech that Gulf Arab states are pushing ahead with plans for a political union that would involve joint foreign and defense policies.

After Ahmadinejad's April 11 visit to Abu Musa, Tehran stated that sovereignty over the three islands was not up for negotiation, but offered talks with the UAE to clear up "misunderstandings." 

Quoted by the student news agency ISNA, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran wanted to "have the best possible relations with the UAE, as our trade and economic relations are significant."

With Reuters and AFP reporting
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by: Ahmed Hussein from: Manama
May 03, 2012 07:45
Why do so many people fear to join up the dots?:

· Iran’s financial and military support for mass murder in Syria.
· Iran’s backing for the Shia insurgency in Bahrain
· Iran's stooges holding the reins of power in Iraq
· Iran’s attempted assassination of a Saudi ambassador
· Iran’s belligerent position over the UAE’s 3 islands and Hormuz.

The list could go on endlessly regarding Iran’s interference in the Arabian Gulf and the wider region. If the world doesn’t wake up and draw a line in the sand, then Iran will understand that it can act with impunity and we can expect to see yet more flagrant attacks on our sovereignty and freedoms by the Persian menace.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 04, 2012 21:05
Oh, yes, Ahmed Hussein, you are damn right here: you "can expect to see yet more flagrant attacks on your sovereignty and freedoms by the Persian menace". And one more little thing to add in order, so to speak, "to join up the dots": there is not a damn thing you or your US friends are able to do about it. All your criminal medieval monarchies are going to fall - the same way that the pro-US dictatorship of Shah Reza Pahlevi fell in Iran itself in the late 1970s. And all the representatives of the cliques currently ruling your country (like yourself) will end up working as Shawarma-sellers or taxi-drivers here in Vienna - the same way that the "gentlement" from the Shah govt did 30 years before you.
You can already start packing up your stuff and I wish you a nice trip! Ah, yes, make sure you change your savings into Swiss Franks before you travel - you never know when the Euro is going to disappear, whereas the US dollar is getting ever weaker :-)!

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