Bahrain recalls Iran envoy; foils arms plot

Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what it said were repeated hostile statements made by Iranian officials. (Photo courtesy: Brandon Atkinson/Flickr)

Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations on Saturday after what it said were repeated hostile statements made by Iranian officials, and foiled a bid to smuggle in high-grade explosives and arms in the same day.

The statements were a reflection of Iran’s unfriendly attitude towards the Gulf Arab monarchy and an interference in its internal affairs, a statement on state news agency BNA said.

Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, accuses its opposition of links to Shiite Iran, which both it and Tehran deny.

Bahrain said it was hopeful relations would normalize between the two countries but said repeated Iranian statements were evidence of “a strategy built on interference in the affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

Bahrain arrests suspects

Meanwhile, Bahrain authorities have disrupted an attempt to smuggle high-grade explosives, automatic weapons and ammunition into the country and have arrested two suspects, the Interior Ministry said.

One of the suspects had received military training in Iran, it said.

The coastguard intercepted a vessel on July 15 heading towards Bahrain and seized about 44 kg (97 pounds) of C4 explosive, eight Kalashnikov assault rifles, 32 Kalashnikov magazines, and ammunition and detonators.

(With Reuters)

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