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Iran translation sidestepped Syria: Bahrain

Last Updated: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 10:21

Manama: Bahrain says it has filed a formal protest with Iran over a broadcast translation that wrongly substituted Bahrain for Syria in a speech by Egypt`s President.

A statement by Bahrain`s government says Egypt`s President Mohammed Mursi referred to the Syrian rebels fighting an "oppressive" regime during a speech at a Tehran conference on Thursday.

Instead, Bahrain claims Iranian state TV replaced the word "Syria" with "Bahrain" in its Farsi translation.

Mursi`s speech was an embarrassment for Iran, which is a close ally of the Syrian regime. But Shi’ite power Iran has frequently criticised Bahrain`s authorities for crackdowns against mostly Shi’ite protesters seeking greater political rights.

Bahrain says the formal complaint was filed on Saturday with an Iranian diplomat.


First Published: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 10:21
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