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Morocco cuts relations with Iran over Bahrain
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 1565 days ago | Saturday, 7th March , 2009 , 05:26 [am] | Azerbaijan
|.||Morocco has cut diplomatic links with Iran, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said on Friday, in the wake of outcry in the Sunni Muslim world over a statement by an Iranian official questioning Bahrain’s sovereignty.|
Morocco has cut diplomatic links with Iran, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said on Friday, in the wake of outcry in the Sunni Muslim world over a statement by an Iranian official questioning Bahrain’s sovereignty.
“The Kingdom of Morocco has decided to break its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran beginning of this Friday,” the ministry said in a three-line statement. It did not elaborate.
Officials in Rabat said the action was part of an outcry among Sunni Arab countries over the remarks by Shiite-ruled Iran casting doubt on Bahrain as a Sunni-ruled independent Gulf Arab state.
On Feb. 25, Rabat recalled its envoy in protest at what Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri said was “some inappropriate language” directed against Morocco in a communique reported by the Iranian news agency IRNA.
The Iranian statement was issued in response to a message of support sent by Morocco’s King Mohammed to the Bahraini monarch, King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa, calling Iran’s remarks on Bahrain’s sovereignty irresponsible.
According to media reports, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last month Iran had sovereignty over Bahrain.
“We deem these remarks absurd and they contradict blatantly international law principles and rules as well as the values of peaceful co-existence and good neighborliness advocated by our tolerant Islamic religion,” Mohammed wrote to Hamad.
Bahrain itself protested to Tehran after Nouri said that the Gulf kingdom used to be Iran’s 14th province and that it had a representative in the Iranian parliament.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa visited Tehran last week and said after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki that the kingdom will continue “good neighborly” relations with Iran.
In a televised statement, the two men indicated that the diplomatic row was over.alarabiya, Voice of a Nation