Maldives cuts ties with Iran

Colombo—The Maldives has joined its key financial backer Saudi Arabia in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing it of undermining peace and security in the Gulf region.
The Maldives foreign ministry said policies that Iran were pursing in the Middle East were “detrimental to peace and security in the region”, without giving details. In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the ministry said it was severing ties because stability in the Gulf was “also linked to stability, peace and security of the Maldives”.
The politically troubled Indian Ocean archipelago officially established diplomatic ties with Iran in 1975, although neither has an embassy or consulate in the other’s country.—AFP

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