Rabat - Iranian state television has reported that Tehran’s ambassador to Kuwait has been summoned and ordered to cut the number of diplomats in Kuwait from 19 to 4.
Rabat – Iranian state television has reported that Tehran’s ambassador to Kuwait has been summoned and ordered to cut the number of diplomats in Kuwait from 19 to 4.
Kuwaiti state news agency, KUNA, cited members of the Foreign Ministry saying they will close cultural and military missions and have also decided to pause any cooperative ventures involving joint committees for the foreseeable future.
According to KUNA, the actions are being taken in response to a July 16 court ruling by Kuwait’s top court to commute the sentence of a man convicted in the “Abdali Cell” case from death to a life sentence. Sunday’s ruling also lowered the prison sentences of several other men convicted in the same case.
The so-called Abdali cell was discovered in 2015 when a farmhouse was raided in the town of Abdali, outside of Kuwait City. There, security forces found weapons and explosives, believed to belong to infiltrators from Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Twenty-three men, one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti, were convicted in January on a variety of crimes. Kuwaiti officials maintained the plot was intended to destabilize Kuwait by creating dissention in Shi’ite communities within the predominantly Sunni country.
In a separate statement, acting Information Minister for Kuwait, Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak al-Sabah, stated that: “The government of the state of Kuwait decided to take actions in accordance with diplomatic norms and in abidance with the Vienna conventions with regards to its relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The official offered no further details and Iran has denied any involvement in the cell or the case.