Iran says Bahrain-Israel deal is shameful: State TV

A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 2, 2019 shows him saluting members of the IRGC during a meeting in Tehran. (AFP)

Iran said Saturday that Bahrain is now partner to the “crimes” of Israel after the two announced a deal to normalise relations after decades of animosity.

“The rulers of Bahrain will from now on be partners to the crimes of the Zionist regime as a constant threat to the security of the region and the world of Islam,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Iran accused its arch foe Israel of “decades of violence, slaughter, war, terror and bloodshed in oppressed Palestine and the region.”

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The Friday announcement by US President Donald Trump made Bahrain the second Arab country in a month, after the United Arab Emirates, to normalise ties with Israel under US sponsorship.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said earlier this month that the UAE had “betrayed” the Muslim world and that he hoped they would “soon wake up and compensate for what they have done.”

Iran said that through this “shameful” deal, Bahrain has “scarified the Palestinian cause at the altar of American elections.”

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Its “result will undoubtedly be growing anger and the lasting hatred of the oppressed people of Palestine, Muslims and the free nations of the world”.

Before this year, Israel had been able to strike just two peace accords with Arab countries – Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Last Update: Saturday, 12 September 2020 KSA 09:28 - GMT 06:28