Iraq News - Local News - Baghdadpost

Bahrain recalls Amb. as rioters storm its embassy in Baghdad

eqt
Iraqi rioters, believed to be from the Iran-backed IMIS, stormed the headquarters of the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad Thursday evening amid a reportedly complete absence of security authorities in the region.

Video footage broadcast by activists on social media showed crowds of demonstrators holding Palestinian flags gathering around the embassy. Some people said the Bahraini flag of the embassy was lowered.

Bahrain strongly condemned the incident, issuing a decision to withdraw its ambassador to Iraq.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the attack on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Republic of Iraq by the demonstrators, leading to a sabotage in the embassy building," a statement by the ministry said.

"Accordingly, the Foreign Ministry decided to recall Ambassador Salah Ali Al-Malki, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Republic of Iraq, for consultations and to hold the Iraqi Government fully responsible for protecting the Embassy and Consulate of the Kingdom of Bahrain and all of their employees in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.



Many social media users have criticized the incident, pointing fingers at Iran, which has extensive influence in Iraq.

Thamer al-Sabhan, Saudi State Minister for Gulf Affairs and former Saudi ambassador to Iraq expressed his regret for the incident, saying that "What is happening now to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Baghdad is very regrettable."

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash condemned the attack on the embassy, calling on the Iraqi government to fulfill its responsibilities and legal obligations to protect the diplomatic work, and the headquarters of missions in the Iraqi capital and cities.

"The attack on the embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Baghdad is unacceptable and offensive and [represents] a serious escalation on the legal and political level.

He added: "We call on the Iraqi government to fulfill its responsibilities and legal obligations to protect diplomatic work and the headquarters of missions in the capital and Iraqi cities."

Bahrain already has tense relations with Baghdad after accusing leading politician Muqtada al-Sadr in April of meddling in Bahrain’s affairs. On June 21, Bahrain condemned a terror attack in Baghdad that targeted a mosque and expressed condolences with the victims.
Last Modified: Friday، 28 June 2019 05:48 AM
Read
Comments