Iran summons Kuwaiti charge d'affaires over "spying" row

Iran Summons Kuwaiti Envoy over ‘Groundless’ Accusations

Kuwaiti authorities Thursday expelled several Iranian diplomats at the Islamic Republic's mission in Kuwait after local authorities linked Teheran to a terror and spy cell.

In reaction, Kuwait charge d'affaires was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday after release of reports on the Kuwaiti government's decision.

Diplomatic sources told Anadolu Agency that Kuwait will reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in the country from the present 14 to nine. He declined to comment on whether the Iranian ambassador, Alireza Enayati, was among them.

The tensions with Shiite Iran comes as Kuwait is trying to mediate a widening row between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. They severed relations with energy-rich Qatar over accusations it is too close to Shia Iran and funds extremists-allegations denied by Doha.

The office of Iran’s cultural attaché in Kuwait
The office of Iran’s cultural attaché in Kuwait

During the meeting, the Kuwaiti diplomat was also reminded that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always showed responsible behaviour towards regional states, including Kuwait, during the country's hard times, he added. There, security forces found weapons and explosives, believed to belong to infiltrators from Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

In a separate statement, acting Information Minister for Kuwait, Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak al-Sabah, stated that: "The government of the state of Kuwait made a decision to take actions in accordance with diplomatic norms and in abidance with the Vienna conventions with regards to its relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Khatami also warned Iran's neighboring states against cordial relations with the U.S. and emphasized that Washington would treat them in the same way it did with the executed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. The suspects were convicted by a lower court but the appeal process still continues.

In March 2011, a Kuwaiti court condemned four people of forming a spy cell for Iran.

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