Bahrain expels Iranian diplomat for links to spy ring

By REUTERS
April 26, 2011 16:35

 
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MANAMA - Bahrain has ordered the expulsion of an Iranian diplomat for alleged links to a spy ring in fellow Gulf Arab state Kuwait, state media said, in a further deterioration of relations with Tehran.

Relations between Shi'ite Iran and Gulf Arab states have nosedived since Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent troops into the island state, a Sunni Muslim monarchy ruling a Shi'ite majority, to end weeks of pro-democracy protests.

Bahrain has accused the Islamic Republic of fomenting Shi'ite unrest.

A statement on the Bahrain News Agency late on Monday said the foreign ministry had summoned Iranian charge d'affaires Mehdi Islami to inform him that diplomat Hojjatullah Rahmani had 72 hours to leave "based on his link to the spy cell in Kuwait".

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