Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

MOGADISHU, Somalia, 7th January 2015 (WAM) --- Somalia on Thursday cut diplomatic ties with Iran and ordered all Iranian diplomats and embassy staff out of the country within 72 hours.

The move shows Somalia's solidarity with Saudi Arabia whose embassy and consulate in Iran were attacked by Iranian protestors earlier this week.

"This step has been taken after careful consideration and in response to the Republic of Iran's continuous interference in Somalia's internal affairs," said in a statement.

In a statement, Somalia's foreign ministry accused Iran of trying to destabilize the Horn of Africa nation and said it has recalled its acting ambassador to Iran.

Somalia joins Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Bahrain in cutting ties to Iran.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran on Sunday after crowds of protesters attacked its two diplomatic posts in Iran. Those attacks came after Saudi Arabia executed 47 terrorism convicts.


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