Kuwait recalls envoy to Iran after attacks on Saudi missions

DUBAI: Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Iran on Tuesday, state news agency KUNA reported, after Gulf Arab allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain severed relations with Tehran following attacks on Saudi missions by Iranian protesters.

“An official source at the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry said that the ministry recalled the Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Islamic Republic of Iran on Tuesday morning Jan. 5 2016, against the backdrop of the attacks carried out by crowds of demonstrators,” the agency reported.

The protests followed Saudi Arabia´s execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

Also, Sudan said on Monday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran after the storming of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran and consulate building elsewhere in Iran.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced it was downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and limiting the number of Iranian diplomats in the country, state news agency WAM reported.

Earlier, close allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut ties with regional rival Iran after Iranian protesters attacked its mission there, angered by the Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute a leading Shia cleric.


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