The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the storming of the Bahrain’s embassy compound in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
More than 200 protesters stormed the Bahraini embassy compound in Baghdad on Thursday night, removing the flag from above the building and replacing it with a Palestinian banner in protest against a conference held in the gulf nation to promote peace between Arabs and Israelis.
Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Iraq for consultations on Thursday after the protests.
In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has labelled the storming as a blatant violation of diplomatic norms and conventions, and called on the Iraqi government to live up to its responsibility toward international obligations and conventions which guarantee diplomatic security and immunity.
The Ministry underlined the necessity of protecting the premises of diplomatic missions and ensuring their safety under international law and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
“The UAE re-affirms its categorical support for the Kingdom of Bahrain vis-a-vis all menacing threats to its security and the safety of its diplomatic missions,” added the statement.
While denouncing all attempts to spark protests by some parties against Bahrain, the Ministry expressed concern over the security of diplomatic missions in the sisterly country of Iraq.