MP calls PGCC statement against Iran ‘unacceptable’

April 6, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – A senior lawmaker, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has said that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council’s response to Iran’s position on Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Bahrain is “invalid and unacceptable.”

The PGCC in a recent statement has accused Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of the council members, claiming it “threatened security and stability in the region.”
The move came after the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee issued a statement on Thursday in which the lawmakers said that Saudi Arabia’s military involvement in Bahrain “is playing with fire.”
“This statement is unacceptable and our policy toward the Persian Gulf states is transparent and clear,” Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told ISNA on Tuesday.
“We have always defended the territorial integrity and security of these countries…; for example, when (former Iraqi dictator) Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait (in 1999), Iran supported Kuwait and was the first country which condemned the occupation of this Arab country,” he said.
“At this juncture, another regional country which is a member of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Conference is in crisis and the foreign forces have entered this country to suppress people and naturally it prompted Iran’s reaction as the occupation of Kuwait met with Iran’s reaction,” the lawmaker stated.
He went on to say that it is the right of the Islamic Republic as a regional country to adopt and announce its stances on regional issues.
“Iranian officials’ remarks can not be considered interference in (Bahrain’s) internal affairs and the PGCC stance is completely invalid and unacceptable,” he asserted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Boroujerdi advised the Persian Gulf states to try not to be deceived by the United States because the U.S. is only looking after its own interests in the region.