World Bulletin/News Desk
Bahrain's Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned Lebanese Charge d’Affaires to Manama Ibrahim Elias Assaf following recent "hostile" statements made by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
"Undersecretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Abdullatif Abdullah asked the Lebanese Chargé d'Affaires Ibrahim Assaf to condemn these statements, informing him of the need to take deterrent legal action towards such acts," Bahrain's state-run BNA news agency reported.
"Such statements are completely incompatible with the nature of the fraternal relations between the two countries and their peoples, as they harm their efforts to develop these relations in various fields," BNA quoted the undersecretary as saying.
"These statements represent an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain…and included a clear incitement to violence and terrorism which will not be tolerated," Abdullah added.
On Friday, Nasrallah criticized the Bahraini authorities for detaining Shiite opposition leader Ali Salman last week on charges of "promoting violent political change."
In a televised speech, Nasrallah accused Bahrain's Sunni rulers of "executing a Zionist-like project" in the Gulf statelet by "offering citizenship and jobs" to Sunni-Muslim foreigners.
Last week, Bahrain's prosecution authorities extended Salman's detention by 15 days.
Bahrain has remained in a state of turmoil since 2011, for which the government blames the country's Shiite opposition.
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