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Cablegate: Iranian Fm Assures Bahrain of Full Respect For

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SUBJECT: IRANIAN FM ASSURES BAHRAIN OF FULL RESPECT FOR
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country and no other country has sovereignty over it.

7. (U) In his July 15 editorial, editor of the Shia-oriented
daily Al-Wasat, Mansour Al-Jamri, praised Muttaqi's statement
to the press in Bahrain and urged Bahrainis to forget the
past and encourage future development between the two
countries. He welcomed the formation of a joint committee to
develop areas of future cooperation.

8. (U) Bu June 16, the tempest created by the Shariatmadari
seemed to have subsided. The story was off the front pages,
except for one small article reporting that the Iranian MFA
spokesman had reiterated in his weekly news conference that
Shariatmadari's statement represented his personal view only
and not that of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and that Iran
respects Bahraini sovereignty and will continue to have good
relations with Bahrain. Also reported was a day trip Shaikh
Khalid took to Saudi Arabia to brief King Abdullah on the
affair.

8. (C) Comment: Muttaqi's visit has predictably quieted the
local storm that developed over Shariatmadari's ill-timed
statement. Nonetheless, the statement, in hitting a raw
nerve, aroused the worst fears in Bahrain's Sunni community,
especially among those inclined to distrust Iran in
particular and Shia in general. The statements of the
leading Shia cleric and Shia journalist are telling. Shaikh
Isa Qassim wanted to make clear Shia loyalty to Bahrain, and
Mansour Al-Jamry wanted to get the whole thing over with as
quickly as possible. They saw no benefit in this for the
Bahraini Shia. As for Bahrain's relations with Iran, the
government predictably felt that, once it had made its point,
it had no choice but to seek accommodation with its large and
potentially threatening neighbor to the north.

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