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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia yesterday condemned continuous Iranian threats against Bahrain. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal voiced his country's stance, calling on Iran to work for appeasement and peace, instead of "fanning flames".

He was speaking at a joint Press conference with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

Prince Al Faisal urged Tehran's regime to build solid relations with neighbouring countries, instead of resorting to the language of threats.

The Saudi Press Agency said Prince Al Faisal "deplored the Iranian threats against Bahrain amid the untenable regional situation".

He warned that such threats would complicate things and create more opportunities to make mistakes.

"In times of grave problems, wise people observe restraint and reason instead of pouring oil on fire," he said. He also stressed the danger of the Iranian nuclear programme to regional security.

Separately, former Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa told Arabic website Bahrain News that Iran is a source of concern for all GCC countries. Its interference in Bahrain is unacceptable and should not be overlooked as the move was the Iran regime's first step to infiltrate the Arab world, he said.

AL ARABIYA.NET has obtained an exclusive picture of an Iranian spy drone flying over the territorial waters of Bahrain, near Saudi Arabia.

Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa last week said a pilotless Iranian plane had been discovered in the northern part of Bahrain near Saudi Arabia. This, he said, reflected "Iran's determination to interfere in the internal security affairs of countries in the region with the aim to undermine their security and stability".

A US Navy Base source in Bahrain denied links with the drone. His comments followed Iran's denial.

Bahrain's security agencies had earlier discovered a terror cell, whose members had links with Iran, and had been trained in the use of weapons and explosives.



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