Published On: Mon, Jan 4th, 2016

Saudi Arabia’s allies Bahrain, Sudan and UAE act against Iran

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A number of Saudi Arabia’s allies have joined diplomatic action against Iran after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked amid a row over the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric.

Sudan decided to expel the Iranian ambassador from Sudan and the entire mission, and summon the Sudanese ambassador from Iran.

Bahrain,  which is ruled by a Sunni Muslim king but has a majority Shia population, announced today breaking off its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and ordering all members of the Iranian mission in Manama to leave the country within 48 hours and, also, decided to close its diplomatic mission in Tehran and withdraw all member staff of the Bahraini mission from Iran.

The UAE has downgraded its diplomatic team.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday severed ties and gave Iran’s diplomats two days to go. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said “Iran’s history is full of negative interference and hostility in Arab issues, and it is always accompanied by destruction.”

Saudi Arabia and Iran are the key Sunni and Shia powers in the region and back opposing sides in Syria and Yemen.

Bahrain – a statement carried by the Bahrain News Agency, “Bahrain based its decision on the blatant and serious interference of Iran, not only in the internal affairs of Bahrain, but also in the affairs of the GCC member countries and Arab countries without the least consideration for the values, laws, ethics, neighborhood principles, United Nations basics and Organization of Islamic Cooperation statute, given the serious repercussions that might be incurred from this host of illegal practices on the security, safety and stability of the region through providing shelter and assistance to terrorists and extremists, weapons and explosives trafficking and using of force to achieve those ends.”

“The statement also attributed “the decision to the coward and evil hostilities against the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate general in Mash-had as a flagrant violation of all international agreements and treaties which embodies a serious pattern of sectarian policies that cannot be ignored, otherwise the entire region would be thrown into flames and wide range chaos, necessitating a prompt and decisive action by peace-loving societies.”
Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain has summoned the Acting Charge d’affaires of Iran Murtadha Sanoberi and handed him an official note in this regard.

stressing Sudan’s condemnation of the Iranian interference in the region through a sectarian approach, and the negligence of the Iranian authorities to prevent attacks on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran.
He expressed the Republic of Sudan’s standing and solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in confronting terrorism and the implementation of deterrent measures against it.

 

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