News ID: 206678
Published: 0311 GMT December 22, 2017

Iran blasts Bahrain for downplaying Palestine issue

Iran blasts Bahrain for downplaying Palestine issue

Iran’s Foreign Ministry hammered Bahrain’s top diplomat for describing international concerns about Palestine as a “side issue”, saying such unwise remarks reveal the Bahraini government’s failure to realize the world’s simplest issues.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi made the remarks early on Friday, a day after Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa tried to downplay as a “side issue” US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel's capital, Press TV reported.

"It is regrettable to see an Arab and Islamic country call a seven-decade-old scar on the Islamic world's wounded body a 'side issue' and so fatuously fail to realize the simplest of world affairs, thus embarrassing itself and its people... with such mean and baseless statements," he wrote in a statement.

"Despite all complex plots, manufactured crises and fictitious threats propagated by the US-Zionism axis, Palestine still is and will remain the Islamic world's number one priority until it is liberated, and no one... can distract Muslims from this serious issue," he added.

The United Nations General Assembly has voted in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial recognition of Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israeli "capital."

While the Bahraini minister did not specifically mention the Beit-ul-Moqaddas issue, his statement came at the same time as Trump’s threats before a UN General Assembly vote about his decision on Thursday.

Bahrain maintains close ties with the US and hosts two American military bases.  

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