The king of Bahrain says a foreign-backed plot against his country has been foiled following a month of anti-government protests, the BBc informs. King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa thanked troops from nearby countries, mostly Saudi Arabian, who were brought in last week to put down the unrest. He did not give any details of who was behind the alleged plot. But in recent days Bahrain’s Sunni leadership has accused Iran of interfering in its affairs. Amid rising tensions, the two countries have engaged in tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions – both recalling their ambassadors last week, and each expelling another diplomat on Sunday.