Saudi Arabia Allies Bahrain, Sudan, Cutting Diplomatic Ties With Iran
After the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Tehran, allies Bahrain and Sudan said that they will be severing diplomatic ties with Iran. The United Arab Emirates said that it was downgrading the number of Iranian diplomats in the country.Advertisement
Bahrain has asked Iranian diplomats to leave the country within 48 hours.
Bahrain said that Iran was accused of “increasing, flagrant and dangerous meddling” in the internal affairs of Gulf and Arab states. It also said that the attack on the Saudi embassy was part of a “very dangerous pattern of sectarian policies that should be confronted… to preserve security and stability in the entire region.”
According to RT, the Sudanese Foreign ministry said that it was following suit and cutting off diplomatic ties with Iran. In a statement, it said, “In response to the barbaric attacks on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad … the government of Sudan announces the immediate severing of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The UAE said that it was reducing the Iranian diplomatic team in the country. Although this move includes a recall of its ambassador, UAE said trade links between the countries will continue, according to BBC News.
Saudi Arabia announced Sunday that it was cutting off its ties with Iran two days ago, following an attack on its embassy in Tehran during a rally Saturday in response to the execution of cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nirm. Al-Nimr was among 47 prisoners either shot or beheaded by Saudi. On the same day, the Saudi consulate in Mashhad in northwestern Iran was also attacked with rocks.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that while trade links with Iran will be severed, pilgrims traveling to Mecca and Medina will not be forbidden from entering the country.
Iran’s foreign ministry said that Saudi was accused of “continuing the policy of increasing tension and clashes in the region.”
“Saudi Arabia sees not only its interests but also its existence in pursuing crises and confrontations and attempts to resolve its internal problems by exporting them to the outside,” Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said. As many as 50 arrests were made after the attacks.