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Iran calls on Bahrain to engage in dialogue with people

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks during the Valdai Discussion Club titled ''Russia in the Middle East: Playing on All Fields'' in Moscow, Russia on 19 February, 2018 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia on 19 February, 2018 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]

The Iranian foreign ministry yesterday called on the Bahraini government to engage in direct dialogue with its people instead of resorting to repressive methods which have proven futile.

A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Bahram Qassemi, yesterday denied recent accusations by the Bahraini authorities against Tehran which claim that 48 people arrested by the Bahraini authorities were trained in camps belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq and Lebanon.

The Iranian ministry described the claims as tedious and repetitive, adding that they will not solve the ruling regime's crisis.

The Bahraini Ministry of the Interior recently announced the arrest of 116 "terrorists" which it described having been supported by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to plan terrorist attacks.

Earlier in January, Bahrain arrested 47 people on terrorism-related charges.

Read: Bahrain says arrested 116 Iran-backed 'terrorists'

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