Iran translation sidestepped Syria: Bahrain
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 02, 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 02, 2012, 10:21

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