Kuwait: We have not expelled the Iranian ambassador

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Kuwait has denied expelling the Iranian ambassador shortly after Iranian media reported that the Kuwaiti government had given the ambassador 45 days to leave the country.

Kuwait reduced the number of Iranian diplomats to 9. Kuwait has given Iranian diplomats 45 days to leave the country. On Wednesday, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry published photos of 16 convicted in the case of the “Abdali cell” issuing verdicts in absence against them.

According to the Iranian news agency, Kuwait asked the Iranian ambassador to leave its territory. Fars News Agency also reported that Iran summoned the Chargé d'Affaires of the Kuwaiti Embassy in Tehran.

In a press release, the ministry asked citizens and residents to report them, warning against sheltering any of them. On August 13, 2015, the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry arrested a number of defendants with a large quantity of weapons found at a farm in al-Abdali area near the Iraqi border inside houses belonging to suspects.

Ammunition seizure

The seizures included 19 tons of ammunition, 144 kg of explosives, 68 A variety of weapons and 204 grenades, as well as electric detonators.

Kuwait has taken unspecified “actions” regarding its diplomatic relationship with Iran following a court case ruling last year, a Kuwaiti government official said on Thursday, after Arab media said parts of Tehran’s representation in Kuwait had been shut. Last year Kuwait convicted a group of men - one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti - of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.

“The government of the state of Kuwait decided 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,” following the court ruling, acting Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak al-Sabah said.

(With Reuters)