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Bahrain denies Iran mediation request

Manama, Algiers sign political coordination memorandum

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President Bouteflika welcomes Shaikh Khalid in Algiers.
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Manama: Bahrain’s foreign minister has denied reports that he had requested Algeria to mediate between his country and Iran.

“A brother does not mediate between his brother and a foreigner,” Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa was quoted as saying when he was asked about the tension between Bahrain and Iran and the chances of Manama requesting Algiers to mediate with Tehran.

“All countries can however convey Bahrain’s position to Iran so that the facts on the ground are obvious,” he said.

Relations between Bahrain and Iran have reached their lowest levels after Manama in 2011 accused Tehran of “blatant interference in its domestic affairs”.

Bahrain has been hit by social and political tension following the events that unfolded in the country in February and March 2011.

Shaikh Khalid was on a two-day official visit to Algeria during which he held talks with President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, Parliament Speaker Abdul Qadir Bin Salih and Foreign Minister Murad Medelci.

A memorandum of understanding on political consultancy that will broaden coordination was signed by the two countries during the visit.