Bahrain’s opposition leader Ali Salman on Wednesday warned Iran and Saudi Arabia against using his country as a “battlefield” in a proxy war. Salman urged Iran to keep out of the state’s affairs and called on Saudi troops to leave the country.
“We urge Iran not to meddle in Bahraini internal affairs,” opposition head Ali Salman said, also demanding the withdrawal of Gulf troops deployed in Bahrain since mid-March to help quash the protests. “We demand Saudi Arabia withdraw the Peninsula Shield forces,” he told a Press conference.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, meanwhile, renewed accusations that Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah, which is backed by Teheran, was “training” regime opponents in the country. Shaikh Khaled, in an interview with Al Hayat newspaper, said Manama had “proof” of “plotting with Hezbollah” and of training in Lebanon on how to organise mass protests. But authorities in Bahrain have no intention of taking steps against Lebanese expatriates living in the kingdom, he said. Agencies