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Saudi Arabia commends Albania for expelling Iranian diplomats linked to terrorism

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An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the kingdom’s support for the measures taken by the Republic of Albania to expel two Iranian diplomats, one of them the Iranian ambassador, for involvement in terrorist activities that harm the security of Albania.

The source pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly stressed the seriousness of Iranian support for terrorism and the need for the international community to react firmly.

Albania has expelled Iran’s ambassador and another diplomat for “damaging its national security”, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Albania did not identify the two, and did not say when they were expelled or if they had left the NATO member country, but told Reuters it had consulted its alliance partners on the decision.

US national security adviser John Bolton, who played a major role in Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran, backed Albania’s decision.

“Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated,” Bolton said in a Twitter post.