Kuwait recalls ambassador from Tehran amid Iran-Saudi row

    Kuwait recalls ambassador from Tehran amid Iran-Saudi row

    Jan 5, Riyadh: Kuwait has announced it is recalling its ambassador to Iran as a regional row over the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia deepens, media reports said.

    Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties with Iran in response, followed on Monday by its allies Bahrain and Sudan after it executed Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others.

    The US, UN and Turkey are among those calling for calm in the region.

    Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran was ransacked and set alight on Saturday.

    According to the media reports, Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran are major rivals for power in the Middle East and back opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

    The state run Kuwait News Agency said that Kuwait's did not explain exactly how Kuwait-Iran diplomatic relations would be affected, reports said.
    And on Monday, the UN Security Council issued a strongly worded statement condemning the attack on the Saudi embassy - making no mention of the execution of the cleric.

    The Oslo Times


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