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Bahrain summons Iranian envoy in protest of supreme leader’s statements

This is not the first time Bahrain has summoned Iran’s envoy to the Gulf state

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Bahrain on Saturday summoned Iran’s acting charge d’affaires in protest over Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei statements, which were violating the Gulf state’s sovereignty, the state-owned Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

The foreign ministry said Khamenei’s statements were in clear violation of the U.N. charter and sovereignty of Bahrain, urging the Islamic republic to adhere to the principles of good neighborliness.

This is not the first time Bahrain has summoned Iran’s envoy to the tiny Gulf state.

In early October, the Bahraini government gave the Iranian charge d’affaires 72 hours to leave the country after it recalled its ambassador to Tehran.

The move comes a day after Bahraini authorities arrested a number of individuals suspected of having “terror” links to Iran. Authorities also seized 1.5 tons of explosives found during a raid.

In July this year, Bahrain also protested against what it called “hostile” comments by Iranian leaders, and denounced Tehran’s interference.