Bahrain Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Iran

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Fort Russ – 4th January, 2016

Al Masdar News

by Paul Antonopoulos

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Bahrain has joined Saudi Arabia in cutting all diplomatic relations with Iran. All Iranian diplomats have been given 48 hours to leave the Island Gulf State. This was announced by the Ministry of Information Affairs of Bahrain. This has been followed after Saudi Arabia withdrew all diplomatic relations with Iran after its embassy in Tehran was attacked by Iranian students following the Saudi execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni absolute-monarchy despite majority of its civilians calling for their overthrow. Majority of Bahraini’s are Shi’ite and the island kingdom is only separated by Saudi Arabia by a short causeway. Bahrain has historically been an Iranian island, but was mostly Arabized in the last two centuries. Bahrain are yet to give an official reason for cutting all diplomatic relations with Iran.

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