TEHRAN – One hundred and ninety Iranian MPs issued a statement on Sunday strongly condemning the decision made by Persian Gulf Arab states to discuss a proposal for a closer political union among them that could begin with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain weighed closer political union at a summit of Persian Gulf Arab leaders on Monday in Riyadh aimed at pooling efforts to neutralize popular uprisings against despotic monarchial systems.
Bahraini Information Minister Samira Rajab told AFP on Saturday, “The idea of a (Persian) Gulf union will be on the agenda of the summit in Riyadh.”
“This union could start with two or three” members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, she said, adding that the proposal for a (Persian) Gulf union put forward by Saudi King Abdullah was “backed by Bahrain.”
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also said on Sunday, “The summit will discuss all the points, including the points of union.”
The Iranian MPs’ statement said, “The religious and fearless Bahraini people, especially the Bahraini youth and brave women over the past 15 months showed that their Islamic zeal, national loyalty, punched fists, and shouts of ‘God is the Greatest’ are more powerful than the invading powers and occupying forces, especially Saudi (forces).
“The clear evidence for this fact is the failure of the Peninsula Shield Force, Pakistani mercenaries, and other forces that invaded Bahrain to put down the oppressed Bahraini people, and killed tens of people, wounded hundreds, and imprisoned thousands of others, but were not able to bring the brave Bahraini people to their knees and break their iron will.
“Today, Saudi Arabia, after its humiliating failure, has decided to form a union with Bahrain which is an independent Muslim Arab country and a member of the United Nations.”
The statement also said, “We, the representatives of the great Iranian nation, strongly condemn this unwise move and emphasize that nations could not be silenced through force and political pressure.”
The MPs also expressed full support for the Bahraini people and the independence and territorial integrity of the Arab country.
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