Qatar, Djibouti severe ties with Iran over Saudi row

Qatar recalls ambassador, Djibouti cuts diplomatic ties with Iran in solidarity with Saudi Arabia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Smoke rises from Saudi Arabian embassy during demonstrations in Tehran.

Qatar and Djibouti joined several other Gulf and Arab states on Wednesday in cutting or downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran after attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the weekend.

Djibouti joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan in completely cutting their diplomatic ties with Iran.

“Djibouti cut its diplomatic ties with Iran out of solidarity with Saudi Arabia," Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf told Reuters in a text message.

Qatar also recalled its ambassador to Tehran, joining Kuwait and United Arab Emirates in downgrading diplomatic relations with Iran.

“The ministry summoned this morning Qatar's ambassador to Tehran against the backdrop of attacks on the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran," QNA quoted Khalid Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al Hamar, the director of the Asian Affairs Department, as saying.

The tension between Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia and Shiite majority Iran peaked after execution of Saudi Shiite cleric Nimr al Nimr.

Iranians protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution of Nimr stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early on Sunday.

In response, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran and ordered the Iranian diplomatic mission in Riyadh to leave the country within 48 hours.

Many regional allies of Saudi Arabia cut or downgraded diplomatic relations with Iran while international community called for dialogue and easing of tensions.

On the other hand,  the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of Gulf Arab states said on Tuesday the organisation will hold an extraordinary meeting on Saturday to discuss the rising tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

TRTWorld and agencies