‘Bahraini govt. must respond to citizens’ demands’

February 20, 2011

TEHRAN - The director of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Persian Gulf and Middle East Department has said the Bahraini government must properly respond to the demands of its citizens.

It is expected that the demands of the Bahraini people, both Shias and Sunnis, should be properly addressed during the current political process, Hossein Amirabdollahian told the ISNA news agency on Saturday.
And the rights of Bahraini citizens should be respected, he stated.
He also expressed concern about the recent incidents in Bahrain in which many people have been killed and injured and condemned the Bahraini security forces for shooting protestors in Pearl Square in Manama.
If the Bahraini government continues to use violence, it will only complicate the situation, Amirabdollahian added.
Majlis committee to review regional developments today
The Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee will review the latest developments in Egypt, Tunisia and other regional countries today.
Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior advisor to Supreme Leader in international affairs, will also attend the meeting.
On February 11, Hosni Mubarak resigned and transferred power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces following 18 days of protests and demonstrations by millions of Egyptians who called for the departure of Mubarak and the establishment of a democratic government.
A series of street protests in December 2010 and January 2011 also led to the ouster of Tunisia’s former president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14.
Major demonstrations have also been held in Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, and Libya, and there have been smaller demonstrations and minor incidents in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, and Sudan