Statement Issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In regards to the continued worsening of the blatant and dangerous intervention of the Islamic Republic of Iran, not only in the affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, but also in the affairs of the GCC as well as the Arab countries, without the slightest regard for values, the law or morality, or regard to good-neighborly principles or commitment to the principles of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and which confirms a determination to spread devastation and destruction, and provoke unrest and strife in the region by providing protection and support for terrorists and extremists and the smuggling of weapons and explosives for use by its affiliated terrorist cells in the loss of life and the killing of innocent people.
And after the sinful cowardly attacks suffered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and its consulate in the city of Mashhad, which constitute a flagrant violation of both international conventions and treaties, and embodies the very dangerous sectarian policies that cannot be ignored or accepted, but require the immediate need to respond with full force and to confront with great resolve, in order to prevent a wide chaos and to preserve the security and stability of the entire region and not be exposed its people to any risk.
The Kingdom of Bahrain has decided to cut off diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and called upon all members of its mission to leave the Kingdom within 48 hours.
The Kingdom has also decided to close its diplomatic mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the withdrawal of all members of the mission.
The Kingdom will take the relevant action for the implementation of the decision to cut ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Based on the Cabinet's decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Mr Mortadha Sanubari, acting charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and handed over an official memorandum in this regard.