7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News


MANAMA: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last night reiterated his country's keenness to further bolster friendly relations with Bahrain. Mr Ahmadinejad warned "those with evil intentions not to try and spoil Tehran's brotherly links" with Bahrain and stressed that "no one could adversely influence our strong ties".

The Iranian leader made these remarks in a letter to His Majesty King Hamad, delivered by Iranian Interior Minister Sadiq Mahsooli.

His Majesty lauded the level of bilateral relations and expressed his appreciation at the minister's visit and the president's letter.

Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa hailed the Iranian official's visit, saying it will help boost bilateral relations.

Claims that Bahrain was the 14th Iranian province was made by Hujjat Al Islam Ali Akbar Nateq Nuri, head of public inspection at the office of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi also said earlier that Iran's relations with Bahrain are "based on mutual respect" and that Nuri's remarks had been misinterpreted

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