Ahmadinejad to visit Bahrain in Nov


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Bahrain this month, an embassy official said on Wednesday, days after British newspapers quoted the kingdom’s crown prince accusing Iran of building a nuclear bomb.
The Times and The Daily Telegraph newspapers on Friday quoted Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa as saying
An account of the crown prince’s interview with the British press carried by the official news agency contained no reference to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and stressed his desire for a diplomatic push to avert any regional conflict.
“Ahmadinejad is coming to Bahrain in November, but the date has not been finalised. He will discuss bilateral ties and regional issues of common interest,” Iranian embassy spokesman Abulghasem Vafaei said, declining to give further details.
Since the British newspaper articles were published, Iran’s state news agency IRNA carried a report quoting Bahrain’s foreign minister saying the prince’s words were “distorted”.
Ahmadinejad is expected to take part in a summit of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Riyadh between Nov.17-18.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2007

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