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Jordan summons Iranian ambassador over Saudi tensions

Also, Arab League member Djibouti is the latest to cut ties with Iran following the attack on Saudi missions in Iran

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Jordan summoned Iran’s ambassador in Amman on Wednesday to condemn an attack on the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and “Iranian interference” in Arab affairs, Jordanian state news agency Petra reported.

Also on Wednesday Arab League member Djibouti announced it has cut off its diplomatic ties with Tehran, an official source told Al Arabiya News Channel.

Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf has “severed diplomatic ties with Iran,” a government statement read.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have spiraled since the execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia.

Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran early on Sunday and Shiite Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, predicted “divine vengeance” for the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

The Jordanian government stressed its condemnation “of the Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab states”, the Petra news agency said. It also rejected Iranian statements it said represented “interference in internal Saudi affairs.”

The Iranian ambassador was told to relay the Jordanian position to his government immediately.

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday. Arab states Bahrain and Sudan have also cut ties with Iran, while the United Arab Emirates partially downgraded its relations with Iran.