Iran to declare Bahrain and UAE 'enemy states'
In a televised interview broadcast late on Saturday, General Mohammed Bagheri said that Tehran had received official letters from Dubai in the past which suggested it took a different stance to Riyadh and sought "friendship" with the Islamic Republic.
The official added this resulted in Iran's positive outlook on the UAE, even as the latter was complicit in upholding crippling US sanctions.
In the aftermath of the normalisation agreements signed this month, Iran's perspective had now "changed" towards the Gulf country and Bahrain, he said.
US President Donald Trump has said similar Washington-brokered deal were close between Israel and several Arab countries, including Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia, describing them as marking the "dawn of a new Middle East".
General Bagheri's appear to escalate the previous rhetoric of Iranian officials, who have warned Bahrain that its deal made it a partner to Israel’s "crimes" and accused the UAE of betraying the Muslim world.
In 2016, Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Iran and the UAE downgraded relations amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic.
Sunni-ruled Bahrain has faced long-running unrest among its large Shia community that it has consistently blamed on Iran.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Ali Shamakhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, said the agreements expected between Israel and several Arab countries aimed to "fully dominate" the region, during a meeting with Iraq's foreign minister Fuad Hossein.
Baghdad’s top diplomat arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a two-day visit, in which he also met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. The two discussed the US killing in Baghdad of top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani in January, and bilateral cooperation between the two neighbours.
Zarif also called for the protection of Iranian diplomatic mission in Iraq. More than a week ago, Western diplomatic or military installation in Iraq were targeted three times, in attacks Iraqi intelligence frequently blame on a small group of Iran-backed factions.
Tehran’s diplomatic missions in Iraq were attacked last year amid anti-government protests and charges that Iran is propping up the government in Baghdad.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also met Hussein and reiterated Iran's opposition to the presence of foreign troops in the region.
"The presence of US armed forces in the region, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or southern Persian Gulf countries is detrimental to regional security and stability," Rouhani said.
It was the duty of "every country where Americans are present" to try to remove them, he added.