Expels Iranian Charge d’Affaires
Bahraini government today recalled its ambassador to Tehran, accusing Iran of sponsoring “subversion” and arming local Shia fighters. Bahrain also ordered Iranian charge d’affairs to leave the island kingdom within 72 hours. Allegations against Iran included assisting anti-government groups in the smuggling of weapons and explosives into the country and training their members.
UPDATE: Iran has expelled the number two official in Bahraini embassy in Tehran in retaliation of Bahrain’s action to expel Iranian envoy in Manama and recall its ambassador from Tehran. Iran also denied Bahrain’s accusation of interference in internal affairs of the Island kingdom.
Meanwhile, Bahrain took its complaint to the UN Security Council today. BNA news agency quoted Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa telling the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that “Iran has chosen the path of escalation in an attempt to exert control over its neighbors by continuing to interfere in internal affairs” of neighboring countries. (AFP, 3 October)