Skip to comments.Bahrain urges Iran to see new Gulf measures
Posted on 02/03/2010 10:02:39 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
WASHINGTON - Bahrains foreign minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa acknowledged that Gulf military defenses were being upgraded but urged Iran not to see them as plans for attack.
During a press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Shaikh Khalid did not specify what security measures were being taken but appeared to confirm reports about a stronger US military presence in the region.
US newspapers said the Obama administration is placing ships with missile-targeting capabilities off Irans coast, and anti-missile systems in at least four Gulf states Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE.
The reported moves come amid stalemate over US-led diplomatic efforts to curb Irans nuclear ambitions.
The United States commitment to its allies and its partners is evident, Shaikh Khalid told reporters, recalling a long history of security cooperation.
Were not seeing anything new. Nobody is saber-rattling here. Nobody is being belligerent to anyone in the region, he said after a journalist referred to the reports of new anti-missile systems in the region.
Its just a purely defensive measure for the benefit of the world, for the region being so important to the whole world, he added, referring to the biggest oil-exporting region in the world.
Bahrains chief diplomat acknowledged security for the region is being developed. Its being upgraded. New technology is coming in.
But he added: We expect Iran not to see it as a measure being taken against it. This is a measure to protect. Its not a measure to attack.
In Tehran, Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani Tuesday slammed plans by the United States to beef up defenses in the Gulf against potential Iranian missile attacks, insisting the Islamic republic is no threat to its neighbors.
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