The Arab countries have declared war on the Mullahs of Iran. It begins with the strategy of isolating Iran and its Khameneist terrorist regime diplomatically.
The United Arab Emirates said Monday it has recalled its ambassador from Iran and downgraded diplomatic relations with Tehran over its “interference” in the affairs of Gulf and Arab countries, as Bahrain and Sudan announced a total cutoff of ties with Tehran.
The UAE had decided to lower “diplomatic representation to the level of charge d’affaires and reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in the country,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, quoted by the official WAM news agency.
The move came after Saudi Arabia severed links with the Islamic republic on Sunday, amid escalating tensions triggered by the execution of a Shiite cleric in the Sunni-ruled kingdom at the weekend.
Bahrain and Sudan followed suit by also cutting ties with Iran on Monday. The strategy of isolating Iran is underway.
“This exceptional step has been taken in the light of Iran’s continuous interference in the internal affairs of Gulf and Arab states, which has reached unprecedented levels,” said the UAE foreign ministry.
It said relations should be based on “mutual respect for the sovereignty” and “non-interference in the internal affairs of others.”
The UAE enjoys strong business ties with Iran, and the emirate of Dubai is home to a large Iranian community.
Bahrain for its part said it is cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, ordering Tehran’s diplomats in the tiny Gulf state “to leave the kingdom within 48 hours,” BNA state news agency said on Twitter.
A Bahraini statement said the decision was triggered by “cowardly” attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and “increasing flagrant and dangerous meddling” by Tehran in the internal affairs of Gulf and Arab states.
Manama said the attacks on the Saudi missions represent a “very dangerous pattern of sectarian policies that should be confronted… in order to preserve security and stability in the entire region.”
The Bahraini foreign ministry summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires Murtada Sanawbari and handed him an official note in this regard, said the statement carried by BNA.
Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was severing its ties with Iran after angry crowds set fire to its embassy in Tehran and attacked its consulate in Mashhad a day after Riyadh executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
The Sudanese government meanwhile announced “the cutting of diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran immediately.”
The foreign ministry said the decision was taken “in the wake of the brutal attack on the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad,” which it said was “clear abuse of international law.”
Sudan was seen as enjoying generally good relations with Iran until September 2014, when it shut Iranian cultural centers in Khartoum.
Khartoum also moved closer to Sunni Gulf states in March last year when it announced it was joining the Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen.
In the meanwhile, Barack Obama who started this mess by empowering Iran and ignoring Syria, has been observed sipping Tequila under a tree.
AFP contributed to this article.