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News: Terrorism and fundamentalism

Bahrain says Gulf Arabs serious about standing up to Iran regime: Arabiya TV

Bahrain's foreign minister said on Friday that Gulf Arab states were prepared to confront Iran's regime over its foreign policy and Tehran should drop its support for Middle East factions.

Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Iran's regime in January, one day after Saudi Arabia severed ties with the mullahs’ regime following attacks by demonstrators on its diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad.

"We send a message to Iran and to all its followers. We are now serious about confronting it and we have no hesitation to defend our people, states, interests and brothers in the region because this is a vital issue for us," Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said in an interview with the Dubai-based al-Arabiya channel.

Bahrain accuses the mullahs' regime in Iran of fomenting unrest in the country and of supplying weapons to Shi'ite militants behind several bomb attacks on security forces.

Sheikh Khaled said Bahrain and other Gulf Arab states were ready to turn a new page with Tehran if it changed its policies.

"The main step is that Iran must completely change its foreign policy towards the countries of the region," he said.

This included the Iranian regime dropping its support for the Lebanese Hezbollah organization and other groups.

Based in part on wire reports

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