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Sudan expels Iranian ambassador, withdraws envoy from Tehran


Khartoum – Sudan has expelled the Iranian ambassador hours after Bahrain cut its ties with the Islamic republic amid a row over the Saudi execution of a Shiite cleric.

Sudan’s decision to cut relations with Iran was preceded by similar action from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

A Sudanese presidential official disclosed on Monday in Khartoum that Sudan also decided to expel the whole Iranian diplomatic mission and withdraw its envoy from Tehran.

He said Sudan’s decision had been made known to Saudi government in a phone call by Sudan’s Minister of State and Director of the President’s Office Taha Osman al-Hussein with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defence, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

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He said that during the call, the Sudanese official said his country condemned the Iranian interference in the Arab region and inaction to protect the Saudi Embassy and Consulate in Iran.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic relations with Iran after angry protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran to protest the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

Earlier on Monday, Bahrain had announced that it was severing diplomatic ties with Tehran. (Xinhua/NAN)

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