CAIRO: Bahrain yesterday outlined how a Iran-backed terrorist ogranisation has been plotting to target the kingdom’s stability.
Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa presented a file on Saraya Al Ashtar (Al Ashtar Brigades) – which has been orchestrating killings, bombings and other terrorist activities in Bahrain – to his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit at a meeting of the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee in Cairo.
The meeting is being held on the sidelines of a League’s ministerial meeting in the Egyptian capital.
He briefed them on how Iran is working to undermine Bahrain’s security by supplying Sharaya Al Ashtar group with weapons and explosives as well as funding and training them in camps sponsored by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hizbollah.
The committee condemned Iran’s continued interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and commended action taken by Bahrain in its fight against terrorism.
Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa revealed earlier this year that three main terrorist groups operating in the country – Saraya Al Ashtar, Saraya Al Mukhtar (The Chosen Brigades) and Saraya Al Muqawama Al Sha’abya (Popular Resistance Brigades) – were collectively known as ‘Bahraini Hizbollah’.
He said at the time that key suspects accused of masterminding these groups and orchestrating a number of attacks have fled the country, mainly to Iran, and were being hunted by international policing organisations.
The GDN previously reported that Saraya Al Ashtar and Saraya Al Mukhtar, which have both been designated as terrorist organisations by the US and the UK, have in the past claimed responsibility for a spate of fatal terrorist attacks in Bahrain.
The ministerial committee welcomed the decision by a number of countries to designate the Sharaya Al Ashtar as a terrorist group.
This position reflects the determination of the world to address terrorism and those supporting or inciting as well as sympathising with with at the regional and international levels.
The Arab League ministerial meeting also condemned Iran’s interfernce in the region and backed Bahrain’s actions in its fight against terrorism.