Kuwait boots Iran project, some envoys
KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait said Thursday that it is closing the Iranian cultural mission and calling for a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country, deepening a rift between the Persian Gulf Arab states and Tehran.
The official Kuwait News Agency announced the move in a brief statement, linking the decision to the case of a terror cell broken up in 2015 that authorities allege had contacts with Iran and the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
The Iranian ambassador to Kuwait has been notified of the decision, Kuwait News Agency reported. Embassy workers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported that the country’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Kuwaiti charge d’affaires in Tehran to explain the move. The ministry is protesting the call to cut the number of diplomats stationed in Kuwait, the news agency said.
Later, the ministry’s website reported that the spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, rejected all accusations against Iran and said Tehran will take counteraction.