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Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. (Reuters)

Manama – Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa reiterated his Kingdom’s firm support for the legitimate rule and the restoration of security and stability in Yemen.

In comments during a meeting on Sunday with Yemeni Premier Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr, the monarch underlined the need to preserve the country’s sovereignty, unity and Arab identity and to achieve the people’s aspirations for peace and security.

He added that Bahrain would continue to support the Saudi-led Arab alliance, reiterating his firm belief in Arab solidarity and cooperation to protect the Arab region and its people from foreign schemes and interference.

For his part, Bin Daghr expressed thanks and appreciation to the king, hailing Bahrain’s honorable stance, sacrifices and participation in the Saudi-led Operation to restore Yemen’s legitimacy.

He lauded Bahrain’s humanitarian relief aid to affected people in his country, praising the crucial role of the Royal Charity Organization (RCO), which provides assistance and medical care to Yemeni people.

The Yemeni premier pointed out that Iran has stumbled in its calculations and its “desperate attempts to export the Khomeini’s revolution to Arab countries, with the aim to destabilize security and stability in the region.”

“It has failed in Iraq, and it is also failing in Yemen,” he said, adding that ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis on the borders of Saudi Arabia were Iranian-made and smuggled by Iranian-led militias.

He said that his country did not have “ballistic missiles that can reach Mecca or even some Yemeni cities,” accusing Tehran of building those missiles and sending them to militias.

During a meeting in Bahrain with diplomats including the ambassadors of the peace-sponsoring countries in Yemen on Monday, Bin Daghr called for a decisive and urgent decision by the international community regarding Iran’s interventions in the Arab region and Yemen in particular, stressing that the Arabs stand with the international community and would stop the Iranian expansion in the region.

In another meeting, Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman reaffirmed that Manama would support the reconstruction phase and would stand with the Yemeni people in all circumstances.

He also reiterated the need to work towards the achievement of Yemen’s unity and territorial integrity and Bahrain’s rejection of Iranian interference in the region.