In reaction to Manama’s allegations against Iranian organisations, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi in a statement on Sunday said that pinning the blame on others and repeating outdated scenarios and baseless accusations against others will not help the Bahraini government resolve its problems with its citizens.
“We once again advise Bahraini officials to prepare the ground for engagement and dialogue with their own people instead of beefing up security and police arrangements,” highlighted Qassemi.
Bahrain said on Saturday it had rounded up 116 members of an armed network established and supported by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, suspected of plotting attacks on Bahraini government officials and security forces.
The interior ministry in Bahrain said in a statement that investigators found sites used by the militants to manufacture and store explosives intended to be used for “terrorist attacks”.
Iran has repeatedly denied similar charges in the past as well.
Since February 14, 2011, thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis, demanding that the Al Khalifa dynasty relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.
Manama has clamped down on any sign of dissent. Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifa regime’s crackdown.