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Iran blames Bahrain rulers for ignoring Zionist regime’s tyranny

Iran blames Bahrain rulers for ignoring Zionist regime's tyranny as they ignore the Palestinian cause by fostering their vested interests under Abraham Accords. The Bahrain rulers in response accuse Iran for fanning the sectarian card and creating unrest in Bahrain.

Iran blames Bahrain rulers for ignoring Zionist regime’s tyranny in the wake of fostering their vested interests through normalizing ties with Israel on Friday. The statement came in response of a visit by Israel’s foreign minister to Bahrain this week to mark the establishment of relations left a stain on the Gulf Arab state’s rulers that “will not be erased.”

Bahrain and Gulf neighbor United Arab Emirates normalized ties with Israel last year in a U.S.-brokered deal known as the Abraham Accords that built on common commercial interests and worries about Iran. Sudan and Morocco followed suit.

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Iran blames Bahrain rulers for bolstering Israel’s destructive presence

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday. To signal cause against Iran, Lapid toured Bahrain’s headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which has faced off with Iranian vessels in recent years.

“We condemn any scheme that bolsters Israel’s destructive presence in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

“It is unfortunate that Bahrain’s rulers ignore the Zionist regime’s daily crimes against the oppressed but resilient people of Palestine,” Khatibzadeh said, referring to Israel.

“This stain will not be erased from the reputation of Bahrain’s rulers. The people of the region will continue to oppose the process of normalization of ties with the Zionist regime.”

Iran blames Bahrain rulers and vice versa

Bahrain, a Sunni Muslim-ruled kingdom, accuses Iran of stoking unrest in Bahrain, a charge that Shi’ite Muslim Tehran denies. The island state, which quashed an uprising led mostly by Shi’ite members of its population in 2011, saw some sporadic acts of protest after the Abraham Accords were signed.

Palestinians denounced the accords, saying they abandoned a unified position under which Arab states would make peace with Israel only if Israel gave up occupied territory. As Iran blames Bahrain rulers for ignoring Palestinian plight whilst the latter blame Iran of playing the sectarian card, the deadlock is created which hampers prospects of mutual co-existence in Middle Eastern region.

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