Qatar Recalls Ambassador to Iran Amid Regional Diplomatic Spat

Gulf state joins list of Middle East, African nations joining Saudi Arabia in reducing ties with Tehran.

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In this Tuesday, March 25, 2014 file photo, Emir of Qatar Sheik Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani listens during the opening session of the Arab League Summit in Kuwait City.Credit: AP
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REUTERS - Qatar recalled its ambassador to Iran on Wednesday, state news agency QNA said, after allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut their ties with Tehran following attacks on Saudi missions by Iranian protesters, angered by the execution of a Shi'ite cleric.

"The ministry summoned this morning Qatar's ambassador to Tehran against the backdrop of attacks on the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran...," the agency quoted Khalid Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al-Hamar, the director of the Asian Affairs Department, as saying. 

Qatar is only the latest in a string of Arab countries choosing to side with Saudi Arabia in the regional row. Even Africa's Sudan and Djibuti decided to sever ties with Iran in wake of the assault on Saudi's embassy in Tehran.