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


MANAMA: "The storm our relations with Iran have seen in the past days due to irresponsible remarks about Bahrain's sovereignty is over," Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said yesterday.

"Our relations with Iran are strong and will continue being so," he said at a Press conference on his return from Tehran.

"We have received assurances that the odd voices would not be back and hopefully they would not."

Bahrain's gas deal with Iran is going ahead as planned, Shaikh Khalid added.

"We are going ahead with the talks, with each phase at its due time," said Shaikh Khalid.

The Foreign Minister was in Iran to deliver a letter from His Majesty King Hamad to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on consolidating bilateral ties.

The irresponsible voices that have recently encroached on the kingdom's sovereignty do not represent the government's viewpoint, Shaikh Khalid quoted the Iranian President as saying.

"Our ties with Bahrain are so strong and deep and cannot be damaged by any pretext," Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said at an earlier news conference with Shaikh Khalid in Tehran, according to news agencies.

He said Iran's relations with Bahrain are based on "mutual respect" and that Tehran denies having claims over Bahrain.

"Mr Mottaki and Shaikh Khalid indicated after their meeting in Tehran that the diplomatic row was over between the neighbouring countries," state television reported.

Iran's Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, a close ally of President Ahmadinejad, visited Bahrain on Tuesday to convey the president's message to the King.

According to media reports, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said earlier this month that Iran had sovereignty over the kingdom.

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