Arab states take diplomatic measures against Iran

Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Sudan announce measures to take against Iran, following crisis with Saudi Arabia

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa

Three Arab states, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, announced on Monday that they took certain diplomatic measures against Iran following the crisis involving Saudi Arabia. 

Bahraini Minister of Media Affairs Isa al Hamadi on Monday made an announcement saying that Bahrain cut its diplomatic ties with Iran following Saudi Arabia’s similar move.

The decision came after escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran because of the execution of Sheikh Nimr al Nimr and 46 others.

The Saudi government on Saturday executed Sheikh Nimr al Nimr and 46 others after they were convicted of terror-related offences.

Nimr and three other Shiites were accused of involvement in shootings and petrol bomb attacks that killed several police officers during anti-government protests during the “Arab Spring.”

Early on Sunday, Iranians started protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al Nimr and stormed Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Following the protests, Saudi Arabia had cut diplomatic ties with Iran and gave 48 hours for Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities to leave the country.

Bahrain frequently accuses Iran of being behind the long-running, low-level insurgency in the country since its majority Shiite population began protests in 2011 against Bahrain's Sunni rulers. Nonetheless, Bahrain sought help from Saudi Arabia during the protests in 2011.

On March 2011,  the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a six-nation regional group including Saudi Arabia, sent troops to Bahrain in order to help Bahraini government against uprising.

The Bahrain government said that it had invited the force in to help restore and preserve public order.

Meanwhile, the state-run news agency of the United Arab Emirates says the country downgraded its diplomatic relations with Iran.

The UAE's Foreign Ministry also said it was recalling its ambassador from Tehran in a statement published on Monday afternoon.

The statement said the UAE would be downgrading its diplomacy to only focus on business relationships between the Gulf federation and Iran. UAE says it's doing this due to "Iran's continued interference in the Gulf and Arab countries' internal affairs."

Following Bahrain and the UAE's decisions, Sudan also announced that it cut the diplomatic ties with Iran.

TRTWorld, AP