- The proposed plan for a possible merger of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia lays bare the abhorrence of the Manama and Riyadh regimes of the growing tide of the Islamic Awakening in their countries, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
"The fear that has struck [the] Al Saud and Al Khalifa [regimes] is like the one held by the Zionists, and all of them are indeed worried about the wave of Islamic tendencies," Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Karami-Rad, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis, as saying on Friday.
"The issue has not been neglected by the UN and the vigilant nations and all will definitely react to that, and the Iranian nation, today as a pioneering country, express their fury over this action," he added.
Karami-Rad argued that such schemes are mainly devised by certain Al Saud officials as there is no disguising the fact that Riyadh has played a key role in quashing the popular uprisings in Bahrain.
"Some of the Persian Gulf littoral states also object to Saudi Arabia's line and we were informed of that at the meetings that we had with officials from Oman, Qatar and Kuwait," the Iranian legislator pointed out.
Saudi Arabia is seeking to merge with Bahrain in line with plans to unify the six Arab member states of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC).
The [P]GCC members, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, earlier met in the Saudi capital of Riyadh to discuss closer "union" among the six countries.
They failed to make a concrete decision on forming a confederation that would initially merge Saudi Arabia with Bahrain but agreed to continue further discussions over the plan, which was put forward by Saudi Arabia.
In December 2011, Saudi King Abdullah urged the council members to move "beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity."
The Saudi plan would give Manama internal political autonomy while Riyadh would stay in charge of the country's military affairs.
Iran says the plan is aimed at quelling the protests in Bahrain as the Al Khalifa regime is unable to stop the peaceful demonstrations in the country.