Bahrain Summons Lebanon Envoy, Urges 'Clear Condemnation' of Nasrallah Remarks

Bahrain has summoned the Lebanese embassy's charge d'affaires to demand a “clear condemnation” of recent remarks about the Gulf kingdom by Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

“The foreign ministry has summoned Mr. Ibrahim Elias Assaf, the Lebanese republic's charge d'affaires in the kingdom, following the latest hostile remarks by Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the terrorist Hizbullah,” said a statement carried by Bahrain's news agency BNA.

Bahrain, which blacklists Hizbullah as a “terrorist” organization, has always deplored Nasrallah's statements that voice support for the kingdom's Shiite-led opposition.

On Friday, Nasrallah noted that top Bahraini dissident Sheikh Ali Salman, who was jailed recently by authorities, “has never called for toppling the regime and he did not incite to violence.”

“The reason behind the peaceful approach is not the inability to send weapons or fighters to Bahrain, but rather the fact that the clerics, political leaders and people in Bahrain are preventing that and seeking a peaceful solution,” Hizbullah’s leader added.

He also alleged the presence of a “Zionist-like naturalization scheme” in the kingdom, saying “people are flocking to it from all over the world.”

During the meeting with the Lebanese charge d'affaires, Bahraini foreign ministry undersecretary Abdullah Abdullah called for “a clear condemnation of these statements,” urging “deterring and decisive measures against such remarks.”

Abdullah called Nasrallah's stances “an unacceptable interference in the Bahraini and Gulf affairs that involved a blatant incitement to violence and terrorism.”

Bahrain “cannot accept any meddling in its affairs by any side and it will take all the necessary measures to strengthen its security and stability,” he added.


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