Kuwait Closes Down Iranian Affiliate Missions, Urges to Cut Embassy Staff

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Kuwait's authorities have made the decision to close down the Iranian cultural mission, as well as other affiliate missions in the country, and called on Tehran to reduce the number of its diplomatic representatives at its embassy in Kuwait City, local media reported Thursday citing the Foreign Ministry statement.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The decision was made amid a court case of Al-Abdali terror cell, whose Kuwaiti members were accused of undergoing training in Iran under leadership of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militant group, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

According to the ministry, the Iranian ambassador to Kuwait has been notified about this decision.

Earlier in the day, Sky News Arabia broadcaster reported, citing sources, that Kuwait had sent a diplomatic note to Iran's embassy stating that the office of military and cultural attaches would be closed down. The note also said that 15 Iranian diplomats would have to leave the country within 45 days, leaving only four Iranian diplomats in Kuwait.

The Kuwait's government is also suspending all intergovernmental committees with Iran, according to the broadcaster.

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