News ID: 322629
Published: 0252 GMT July 01, 2022

Iran rejects ‘biased’ accusations at Manama meeting

Iran rejects ‘biased’ accusations at Manama meeting

Iran dismissed as “baseless, biased and unconstructive” a joint statement by Bahrain and Egypt about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear and defense doctrines.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said he urged Bahrain and Egypt to acquire a true understanding of regional equations, and take note of the role Iran plays in promoting stability across the Middle East.

Kanaani criticized the two Arab countries’ “stubborn insistence” on following the wrong path of Iranophobia, stating that such an approach is far away from wisdom and serves Israeli interests, Press TV reported.

“Safeguarding and protecting nuclear achievements is an inalienable right of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said, emphasizing that Tehran’s defense and missile capabilities are promoted "based on the country's strategic policies, fall within the framework of its defense doctrine and by no means constitute a threat to neighboring states."

The spokesman highlighted that Iran is willing to maintain and expand relations with its neighbors as well as Muslim countries, and that the incumbent government has devoted considerable efforts to that goal.

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah met on Wednesday with visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in the capital Manama, where they accused Iran of meddling in the affairs of Arab countries.

They also charged Tehran with non-compliance with the principles of good neighborliness, and destabilizing activities.

Additionally, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani repeated the anti-Iran claims in a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Iran has reaffirmed its good neighborly policy in dealing with regional countries, reassuring its neighbors that Tehran's missile and nuclear programs are civilian in nature and serve the security of the region.



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