Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have gathering near the Bahrain Consulate in Baghdad over statements by Bahrain's Foreign Minister against Sadr’s latest statement regarding the kingdom and its leadership.
Sadr had called for an end to the war in Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, while demanding that the rulers of the three countries should step down promptly, and urging the UN to intervene so as to make preparations for fair elections in the countries.
Iraq's Foreign Ministry has decried the Bahraini foreign minister's "offence" to al-Sadr and demanded an official apology.
On Saturday, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled Al Khalifa responded to a recent tweet by al-Sadr in which he called on a number of Arab rulers, including Bahrain, to step down from power.
In his tweet, Al-Khalifa harshly criticized the Shia cleric, saying that Iraq was subject to the Iranian control.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry, for its part, said the top Bahraini diplomat’s tweet was "totally unacceptable in diplomatic traditions".
The remarks were deemed "insulting to Iraq and its sovereignty and independence," the ministry said in a statement.
Riot police forces were seen deployed in order to contain the protests.
Saudi Arabia further affirmed the Kingdom’s stand on “interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain.”
The Saudi Press Agency said on Monday that the Saudi Kingdom aspires for a strong relationship between Bahrain and Iraq, who contribute to regional security and stability.
Bahrain said it considered the statement as an “unacceptable insult to the kingdom of Bahrain and its leadership, a blatant interference in the country’s internal affairs, an obvious violation of international law and conventions and an abuse of the nature of relations between Bahrain and Iraq.”
“Instead of putting his finger on the wound in Iraq by directing his words to the Iranian regime that controls his country, he chose the path of safety and addressed his words to Bahrain,” Al-Khalifa said in a Tweet.