Iran's MP asks for military dispatch to Bahrain: TV website

10:50, April 12, 2011      

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The Iranian lawmaker Ruhollah Hosseinian said that the Islamic Republic should dispatch its military forces to Bahrain, the local satellite Press TV website reported on Monday.

Hosseinian proposed that the Islamic Republic should send its military forces to the Persian Gulf state, said the report.

"I believe that the Iranian government should not be reluctant to prepare the country's military forces at a time that Saudi Arabia has dispatched its troops to Bahrain," Hosseinian was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Iran's Foreign Ministry should have taken a firm international stance on the Saudi military interference in Bahrain, he stressed.

"Iran's Foreign Ministry should have made greater efforts and should have filed international lawsuits against the Saudi government," Hosseinian added.

In March, the Gulf troops, most of them from Saudi Arabia, arrived in Bahrain and officials said these troops would help Bahrain maintain order and protect strategic facilities after it is swept by demonstrations and protests, the worst crisis that shakes the tiny Gulf country.

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, is ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa family where the majority Shiite population say they are facing discrimination in jobs and other services. The kingdom denies such claims.

Source: Xinhua
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