Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialog with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran's alleged links to a "spy and terror" cell.
Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday that Kuwait had ordered the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and 14 other diplomats, worsening an unusual public dispute between the two countries.
"The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to be present in Kuwait and the embassy will be active at the ambassadorial level, and there is no problem in this regard," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
"(Kuwait's) action is reprehensible but we can continue our talks and contacts," Qasemi said, quoted by IRNA.
Kuwait also told Iran's cultural and military missions to shut down, following a court case that increased tensions between the Gulf Arab state and Tehran.