Kuwait joins other Gulf nations to recall envoy from Iran

Kuwait joins other Gulf nations by withdrawing its ambassador from Iran in order to demonstrate solidarity with Saudi Arabia whose missions were attacked by Iranian protesters

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Photo by: AA

Emir of Kuwait Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Kuwait has demonstrated its solidarity with Saudi Arabia and joined the other Gulf nations, recalling its ambassador from Iran where the kingdom’s diplomatic mission have recently been attacked by Iranian protesters.

Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA has reported that the recalling has occurred on Tuesday following the suit of Gulf Arab allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain which have already cut their relations with Iran.

"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.

Saudi Arabia has last weekend executed Nimr al Nimr, a prominent Shiite cleric, along with 46 others over terrorism charges which has prompted violent protests in Iran against the Saudi missions.

The United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned both the execution of Nimr and the attack against the Saudi embassy in Tehran during his telephone conversations with the foreign ministers of the respective countries, urging collaboration on regional issues.

Turkey has also urged both countries to resolve their own political differences in “a diplomatic language” with “deliberateness” and common sense.

“We want both countries to immediately come out of this tension that will obviously add severe tension to the current one in the Middle East,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said after a cabinet meeting in Ankara on Jan. 4.

“The region is already on the verge of explosion,” he called upon.

In addition, Turkey has particularly protested the attacks against the missions of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and Meshed describing them as “unacceptable,” in an official statement by its foreign ministry on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Abdallah al Mouallimi, who is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN, has recounted that Iran and Saudi Arabia “are not natural born enemies.”

“It is only the behaviour of the Iranian government that continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, particularly our Arab countries including our own that is causing us to take this position," he added.

Saudi Arabia and Iran have opposing political stances in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen where Iran, the Shiite powerhouse of the Middle East, supports the Shiite-allied governments and groups against Sunni opposition groups or governments.

Iran has a majority Shiite population while Saudi Arabia has an intense Sunni demography.

TRTWorld and agencies