Iran summons Saudi, Swiss envoys to protest military intervention in Bahrain

March 16, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned ambassadors of Switzerland and Saudi Arabia to Tehran to protest about the U.S.-backed Saudi military intervention in the crisis-hit Bahrain.

The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents U.S. interests in Iran since Tehran and Washington cut diplomatic ties in 1980.
Following the intensification of protests in Bahrain, the Bahraini government stepped up crackdown on the demonstrators and the Saudi troops were sent to Manama to quell the unrest. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates also made a trip to Bahrain to help settle the issue.
The Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that Swiss Ambassador to Tehran Livia Leu Agosti was summoned over the U.S. support for foreign military intervention in Bahrain and “baseless” remarks by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates against Iran during his recent visit to Manama.
“The U.S. support for military intervention goes against international regulations and the UN charter. So, the Islamic Republic of Iran has strong objection and holds the United States accountable for dangerous repercussions of this illegal behavior,” a Foreign Ministry official told the Swiss ambassador.
Agosti promised to inform the United States about Iran’s protest.
The Foreign Ministry also summoned the Saudi ambassador and Bahrain’s charge d'affaires to Tehran on Tuesday over the dispatch of Saudi troops to Bahrain.
Hossein Amir Abdolahian, head of the Foreign Ministry office for the Persian Gulf and Middle East affairs, expressed Iran’s displeasure at the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain, describing the move as “unacceptable.”
“We expected that the Saudi government deal prudently and responsibly with the events taking place in the region,” Abdolahian noted.
Dispatching military forces to Bahrain not only can not help resolve the issue but will make the problem more complicated and will trigger a regional crisis, he underlined