|‘Bahrain should respond to citizens’ demands instead of accusing others’||
TEHRAN – An official of the Iranian Foreign Ministry dismissed Bahrain’s accusations against Iran on Tuesday, saying Bahraini officials should respond to their citizens’ demands for civil rights instead of raising unfounded charges.
He denied Bahrain’s charges and condemned the heavy sentences that a Bahraini court imposed on 14 Bahraini youths.
A Bahraini court sentenced several Bahraini youths to life in prison after convicting them of spying and receiving military training from Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.
The Bahraini court sentenced 12 of the 14 individuals to life imprisonment and two to 15 years in prison.
Since 2011, Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations and calling for reforms.
Bahrain accuses Iran of fuelling the unrest, but Iran has denied the charge.
The Iranian official also said that Bahraini officials should avoid adopting security and tribal approaches and should take confidence-building measures to lay the groundwork for holding a serious dialogue.
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