Iran, Kuwait to resume ambassador mission: FM

08:22, May 19, 2011      

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Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that Iran and Kuwait decided to resume bilateral ambassadors' missions after a diplomatic standoff amid a spy ring scenario.

Salehi, the first Iranian diplomat to visit Kuwait after the espionage row, said in Kuwait's parliament that the ambassadors would return to their posts soon.

Simmering tensions escalated between Kuwait and Iran after a Kuwaiti criminal court in March sentenced to death two Iranians and one Kuwaiti for belonging to an Iranian spy cell working for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rebuffed such accusations and said Iran was not operating spy ring in Kuwait, a key U.S. ally that houses a U.S. military base in the south of the country.

Kuwait later recalled its ambassador to Tehran and expelled several Iranian diplomats for their involvement in the spy ring that collected information about U.S. military base in the desert state. Iran also expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats in a tit-for-tat move.

Salehi started the Kuwaiti visit on Wednesday and was expected to meet the Gulf neighbor's Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah.

Gulf Arab states, ruled by Sunni monarchies, and neighboring Iran have also locked in a diplomatic dispute in the past months with the oil-rich exporters accused Tehran of interference and endangering the security of the region, an accusation denied by Iran.

Ahmadinejad said the United States, which led international sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, had pressured its Gulf allies to accuse Iran of meddling in the region.

Source: Xinhua
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