Iraq on Friday denounced an “attack” by protesters on the embassy of Bahrain that prompted Manama to recall its ambassador from Baghdad.
On Thursday around 200 protesters upset by Manama’s hosting of a US-led Middle East peace conference torched Israeli flags outside the Bahrain embassy in Baghdad and hoisted Iraqi and Palestinian flags.
Video footage of the Baghdad protests showed demonstrators chanting slogans supporting armed groups close to Iran - which Bahrain has repeatedly accused of interfering in its internal affairs.
Iraqi security forces broke up the rally Thursday night as the interior ministry announced the arrest of 54 people accused of allegedly “attacking the (Bahraini) embassy.”
Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim on Friday called his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa to say Baghdad “condemns the attack.”
Hakim also expressed hope that the incident would not “undermine diplomatic relations” between the two countries, the Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement.