Iranian FM Warns against Continued Militarism in Bahrain

?Intervention of foreign forces in Bahrain further complicates the situation and continuing this policy and continued militarism will merely intensify the crisis (in Bahrain),? Salehi said at the meeting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

He further pointed out that the present crisis in Bahrain could only be soothed through collective efforts, adoption of wise policies, withdrawal of foreign forces, proper response to the legitimate demands of the Bahraini people, and respect for Bahrain?s sovereignty and independence.

For his part, al-Maktum, who is also the UAE?s defense minister, pointed to the developments in the region, and rejected alleged differences between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims, underlining that such allegations are inspired by the enemies.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty?s over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states ? Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar ? were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13 to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

Yet, protests and rallies continued throughout the country in defiance of the martial law put in place by Manama since last month.

During the recent days, Bahrainis repeated their demand for the ouster of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and condemned Riyadh?s involvement in the suppression of the revolution.

People have announced that they will continue protests until the regime collapses.

Demonstrators have been demanding constitutional reforms as well as an end to the 230-year-old monarchy, with hundreds camping out peacefully in the capital?s Pearl Square since February 14.

Bahraini and Saudi security forces have been brutally suppressing anti-government protestors. So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and about 1,000 others have been injured.

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