Kuwait recalls ambassador to Iran over Saudi attacks

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Kuwait has recalled its ambassador to Iran over attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic.

The announcement, which was carried on the state-run Kuwait News Agency on Tuesday, did not elaborate or say how the Kuwait-Iran diplomatic ties would be affected.

The move comes after Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties to Iran over the storming of two diplomatic posts in the country following the Sunni kingdom’s execution of top Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was also an opposition figure.

Several Saudi allies followed the kingdom’s lead and on Monday scaled back or cut diplomatic ties to Iran.

Sudan has given Iranian diplomats two weeks to leave the country, following Khartoum’s decision to cut diplomatic relations with Tehran in solidarity with Saudi Arabia.

The state-owned Suna agency said Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires in the Sudanese capital to inform the mission that the diplomats have two weeks at the most to leave.

Egypt’s foreign minister denounced the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashdad as “unacceptable”.

Sameh Shoukry said during a visit to Riyadh on Tuesday that Iranian behaviour following Sheikh al-Nimr’s execution is tantamount to “intervening in the kingdom’s internal affairs”.

The Egyptian diplomat also reaffirmed his country’s support for Saudi Arabia ahead of an upcoming meeting of foreign ministers at the Arab League that is due to discuss the Iran-Saudi spat.

He said the “security of the kingdom is an integral part of Egypt’s security and Egypt’s security is an integral part of the kingdom’s security”.

Saudi Arabia has supported Egypt as it struggles with a growing insurgency and economic downturn.

Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry has said it summoned the Saudi charge d’affaires to reiterate its opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances after a mass execution in the kingdom.

The Swiss ministry, in a statement on Monday, said “these mass executions risk reviving the confessional tensions which have already caused far too many victims in this region of the world”.

It stressed the importance of doing everything to lower those tensions and “avoid provocations”.

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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