Maldives cuts ties with Tehran

Maldives cuts ties with Tehran

Maldives Foreign Ministry

Colombo — The Maldives has cut 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.”

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 Indian Ocean archipelago officially established diplomatic ties with Iran in 1975, although neither has an embassy or consulate in the other’s country.

However last month Maldives President Abdulla Yameen received Iran’s new ambassador to the Indian Ocean region Mohammed Zaeri Amirani who is based in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.