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Bahrain Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. (Reuters)

Manama – Bahrain underlined the unity of Gulf nations, yet denied any attempts to contain the recent crisis with Qatar.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa told a group of journalists that he was not aware of any attempts to solve the issue with Qatar, but “there is keenness on Gulf unity.”

When asked about the future of the relations, the minister said that Bahrain wants relations between brotherly countries to be clear. He reiterated the Gulf position against any risks that might threaten it, especially after the important summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Bahraini FM stated that the summits renewed relations between the Gulf countries and their biggest ally, the US, adding that this is the most important aspect that they will defend.

He went to say that Gulf countries have a unified position and complementary relation against all threats and anything that might attempt to separate them whether internally or externally.

The minister also held the Lebanese government accountable for “Hezbollah’s” interference in Bahrain.

“There should be a responsible authority as the policy of disassociation over the insulting of Arabs is not acceptable,” he declared.

On Saturday, a group of hackers took over the Twitter account of the Bahraini foreign minister. The ministry later confirmed the incident, blaming it on the “terrorist party,” without elaborating.

The minister said he was surprised with the incident and was alerted by a number of Saudi and Bahraini youth followers and other friends from the Gulf who informed the Twitter administration.

The Foreign Ministry issued a statement a few hours after the hacking incident, saying that “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain would like to clarify that the Twitter account of His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, was hacked today (Saturday) by a terrorist group attributing false tweets to H.E. the Minister.”

The statement continued to say that the terrorist group fears hearing the truth in the minister’s tweets, which often exposes their terrorist nature, said the Bahrain News Agency.

The account was recovered after an hour and half after Twitter administration shut it down and coordinated with the IT department and officials of the Bahraini Foreign ministry.

The ministry confirmed that all necessary measures will be taken to hold accountable the individuals behind this act.

In his first post-Twitter recovery tweet, the FM praised God and thanked all those who supported him.

Minister Khalid ruled out the possibility that Iran may be linked to the hacking, saying his country is clear on its position from Iran.