Qatar Foreign Ministry recalls envoy in Tehran
January 07 2016 02:17 AM

QNA, Reuters/Doha

Qatar’s  Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday recalled  the state’s ambassador to Iran following the attacks on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran and general consulate in Mashhad, said the director of the Asian Department at the ministry, Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Hamar.
The Foreign Ministry also handed a protest note to the Iran embassy  in Doha, according to an official  statement.
The ministry called the attack on the Saudi embassy  a “violation of international charters and norms that ensure the security and protection of diplomatic missions and their members”.  
Earlier yesterday, Djibouti cut ties with Iran to condemn Sunday’s attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran by protesters.
Djibouti cut its diplomatic ties with Iran out of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf told Reuters in a text message. 
Oman yesterday said it regretted the “unacceptable” attacks on Saudi missions in Iran. . 
The sultanate “expressed its deep regret” over the attacks, which it described as “unacceptable” in a foreign ministry statement published by the official ONA news agency. 
Oman stressed the “need to find new rules that prohibit any form of interference in the internal affairs of other countries”. 
The assaults on its missions prompted Riyadh on Sunday to break off diplomatic ties with Iran and order its diplomats to leave the kingdom.  Bahrain and Sudan have followed suit and the United Arab Emirates downgraded its ties with Tehran. 
Kuwait recalled its ambassador in Tehran on Tuesday.
Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman to condemn the attack on the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and “Iranian interference” in Arab affairs, Jordanian state news agency Petra reported. 
The Jordanian government stressed its condemnation “of the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab states”, the Petra news agency said. It also rejected Iranian statements it said represented “interference in internal Saudi affairs”. 
The Iranian ambassador was told to relay the Jordanian position to his government immediately. 
Meanwhile, Arab League secretary-general Nabil al-Araby has said  a closed consultative meeting will be held in Abu Dhabi at the foreign ministerial level before the end of this month to discuss “foreign interference” in the region. 
He told a press conference in Cairo that the meeting would focus “on Iran’s meddling in Arab affairs”, adding that the League had adopted several resolutions condemning Tehran’s interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs and its occupation of the UAE’s three islands. 
On the recent attacks by Iranian protesters on Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran, al-Araby stressed that international conventions of diplomatic and consular missions should be observed.

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