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Several days after Bahrain denounced Iran's interference, it is now Yemen whose Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi accused Tehran of "meddling in the Yemeni domestic affairs." Mr al-Qirbi told Iran has smuggled sophisticated military equipment, including weapons, into Yemen with a view to supporting the Houthis, a Shiite group led by Abdel-Maleh al-Houthi known for its alleged ties with Iran's government. Tehran's spokesman explained Iran has no interest in fueling tensions in Yemen but "has always stood by Yemen and spared no effort to ensure peace and development there."
In fact, the accusations spread by Bahrain - which obtained diplomatic support from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - and by Yemen showed tensions have been dramatically increasing about Iran. As its disagreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the West is about to start its 11th year, Iran has drawn much discontent from its Middle East neighbors, either because they discovered the extent of Iran's foreign intelligence activities or because they deliberately sought to undermine Tehran's influence in order to force an agreement on a solution - without President Bashar al-Assad - for Syria.
Consequently, Tehran has opted for an all-out counter-offensive through communiqués issued by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), in an attempt to draw media's attention on what Tehran affirms is the truth. The MFA's spokesman Abbas Araqchi has been sent on the frontline, multiplying statements and denouncing tierce countries' accusations as "baseless and undocumented." Iran slammed France for interfering in its affairs, stated a communiqué. "Elections in Iran are free and transparent. They are held based on the country's laws and regulations," said Mr Araqchi following recent remarks made by French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot on the forthcoming presidential election in the Islamic Republic.
With the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper too, the situation has worsened alot. Mr Araqchi commented on the recent ruling of Canada's Federal Court on the 2011 Canadian federal election voter suppression scandal, known as the Robocall scandal. The Iranian official said the ruling showed Canada is not such a democracy that is can teach lessons to any other country, including Iran. Ottawa lacks political legitimacy because it hosts an "extremist government," claimed Mr Araqchi. Even more serious, Tehran rejected latest reports announcing the arrest of a 10-men spy ring with alleged ties to Iran, in addition to the 18 men arrested – one is an Iranian national – a few months ago. "We expect Saudi government to follow up the issue through correct path instead of media sear campaign on the issue," Mr Araqchi said.
"Meddlesome remarks by (…) other countries – including organizations like the "PGCC" - will have no impact on the strong determination of the Iranian nation," warned Mr Araqchi. What one can be sure about is that the more presidential elections approach, the more tensions mount between Iran and those "other countries." The UAE said it is just some political maneuver on behalf of Tehran. Renewed tension directly results from the Iranian government's attempt to focus its people's minds on external rather than internal issues, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told reporters lately.
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