Iran summoned a Qatari diplomat after Tehran claimed it uncovered a “terrorist network” allegedly linked to an Arab country as well as Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, a source told the semi-official Fars News Agency on Tuesday.
The “terrorist group” was planning “sabotage” operations to take place on Jun.14 during the Islamic republic’s presidential election day, said the report without disclosing the name of the diplomat.
Tehran expressed its disdain to the Qatar representative, the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that the Qatari ambassador was not the one to be summoned because he was “absent.” However, the source did not elaborate further.
On Sunday, Iran said it has dismantled a “terror network” backed by the Mossad with headquarters in the United Kingdom. But Tehran refused to disclose to which Arab country the network was allegedly linked.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, told the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV channel that Qatar is “too small to mess with Iran’s national security.”
He warned that Tehran already does not “tolerate Britain or America, let alone a small state such as Qatar.”
The Gulf Cooperation Council, including Saudi Arabia, has accused the Islamic republic of interfering in its domestic affairs.
Late May, Al Arabiya obtained a picture of what the Bahraini authorities said was an Iranian spy drone found in the Gulf waters between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
However, Iran denied that one of its drones had violated the airspace of Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
Also, Saudi Arabia said in May that it had detained 10 men accused of spying for Iran after arresting 18 people earlier this year. Iran agains denied having any links to the case.
The GCC has condemned both Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Shi’ite group Hezbollah, for backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the two-year conflict, which – according to the United Nations – has killed at least 80,000 people.