Bahrain yesterday warned Iran against funding terrorists and targeting Bahrain’s security and stability.
Interior Minister Lt-General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa said Iran had set itself above the law, offering its land and camps to train terrorists as well as smuggle weapons and explosives to groups abroad.
“This has been documented based on solid evidence,” he said, adding that Iran had become a haven for criminals and fugitives.
The minister made the remarks at the 35th session of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Algeria.
He rapped Tehran for fomenting violence in Bahrain.
“The culture of sectarianism and extremism is spread on the excuse of protecting Shiites against the spirit of nationalism through the control of charity organisations and religious centres (Hawzat),” he said.
“This creates a base for extremists loyal to the Iranian leadership and includes all sections of society, men and women, politicians, religious scholars, professionals, writers and media personalities.
“Iran wanted to ignite a sectarian crisis, but we didn’t give it any opportunity to achieve its dangerous goal – though their plots are long-term ones.
“We have dealt with their interference at various levels through the solidarity and cooperation of all.”
The minister highlighted strategies to confront challenges, including the Arab Security Agreement project submitted by Bahrain.
The council praised Bahrain’s security authorities’ for foiling terrorist plots and dismantling terror cells with foreign links.
The council also affirmed cooperation to choke terrorists’ intellectual and financial resources.
The ministers stressed the importance of a unified stand to face challenges.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Interior Minister met his Saudi counterpart and congratulated him on his appointment as the council’s honorary president.
The Interior Minister also met Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and discussed cooperation.
He also met his Lebanese counterpart Nouhad Machnouk and Jordanian Interior Minister Samir Mubaid.
The Interior Minister was accompanied by the Bahraini Ambassador to Algeria, the Interior Ministry Undersecretary and MOI officials.