Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday accused United States of wanting to create tension between Iran and Arabs, adding that the attempt would fail.

He said, “America is trying to sow discord among Shiites and Sunnis ... they want to create tension between Iran and Arabs ... but their plan will fail."

"America is not an honest friend and the record shows it has drawn swords against its own friends and those who have sacrificed themselves for America," Ahmadinejad said on state television.

"America has done it in order to save its interests. But they should know that they have no place among nations," Ahmadinejad said.

In a declaring mood he said Iran was a close friend of world nations and with alertness of people and their politicians, the new plot by the world arrogance will not prevail. Ahmadinejad added that the "Zionist" leaders in the US would also fail in their attempt to save the "Zionist regime" in Israel.

Ahmadinejad's reaction came a day after the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) six member states, which are collectively ruled by Sunnis, called on the Iranian regime to stop its interference in the GCC.

GCC said Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- categorically rejects all foreign interference in its affairs... and invites the Iranian regime to stop its provocations."

Saudi Arabia separately threatened to recall its diplomats from Tehran unless they were better protected.

 A week ago Iranian students demonstrated outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran to condemn Riyadh's military intervention in Bahrain and the murder of Bahraini citizens.


Iran, a predominantly Shiite Muslim country, has repeatedly condemned sending off Saudi troops to Bahrain to support a crackdown on demonstrations there by Shiites, who form the majority of the population of the country.

(Agencies)