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A media war seems to have broken out between Qatar and major Arab countries in the Middle East after the state-run Qatari news agency published pro-Iran remarks attributed to the Emir of Qatar.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US president’s visit to Saudi Arabia and his "cozying up" to despots in the Arab country has emboldened the Bahraini regime to intensify its crackdown on its citizens.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday denounced a court ruling sentencing the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shiite majority Sheikh Isa Qassim to one year in jail, warning the Manama regime that intensified policing policy would only complicate the situation further in the kingdom.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is paying an official visit to Bahrain, attended a ceremony during which he was decorated with Bahrain’s highest national order, Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa Medal.
Bahrain on Sunday executed three anti-regime activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts.
Regime forces in Bahraini have handed a warrant to prominent cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim to appear in court, after clashing with supporters around his house.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi voiced deep concerns over a series of attacks on the offices of Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, by the Manama regime.
It is necessary for the Bahraini regime to respect the dignity of the opposition’s religious figures and halt crackdown on people to ensure a political approach for addressing the crisis.
The representative of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain’s Shiite majority whose nationality has been recently revoked by the Al Khalifa regime, said the senior cleric will definitely refuse to attend a planned hearing tomorrow.