NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa yesterday dismissed as unacceptable Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s comments on Bahrain in his speech at the UN General Assembly session.
“Iran must stop meddling in domestic affairs of Bahrain and neighbouring countries,” he said in an interview with Sky News Arabia.
“Huge quantities of explosives from Iran that were seized in Bahrain are testimony to the impact of Iran’s interference in the kingdom... they are wreaking havoc in the region.”
Shaikh Khalid said he had no objection to having dialogue with Iran provided it stops exporting revolution, stops sectarian dominance, cease considering every Shi’ite person as being follower of the Wali Al Faqih and refrain from interfering in our countries’ affairs. Otherwise, we are on high alert to protect our security and defend ourselves from any Iranian threat.
On Qatar crisis, he said the quartet will continue to boycott Qatar to stave off danger, stressing that Qatar should make the next move, because, this time, we are adamant that there must be a radical solution to the crisis and that any dialogue must be based on strong foundations to achieve the desired results.
He pointed out that Qatar doesn’t seem to have a real desire to reach a solution, while continuing to claim there is a blockade.
“Qataris with family ties in Bahrain enter the kingdom without any problems,” he said, describing the stance of Qatari officials as being stubborn.
The Foreign Minister said the upcoming GCC Summit will be held in Kuwait which offered to host the summit. It is too early to talk about the summit, he said.
On the destiny of Bahraini fishermen held in Qatar, he said this was a repeated crisis with Qatar and a complaint will be filed about the inhumane damages resulting from such detention. The Interior Ministry is carrying out a legal follow up, he added.