[King Abdullah of Jordan (right) with Iranian minister in a file photo]
Amman: Isolating it further, Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Iran, citing Iranian interference in the domestic affairs of Arab countries, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.
Mohammad Al-Momani, information minister and spokesperson for the government, said on Monday that Jordan took the step because of what he described as Iranian interference in the “internal affairs of neighboring countries, especially Gulf countries.”
Momani said in comments published by the state news agency Petra that Iran has “not responded” to calls by Jordan and others to respect the sovereignty of Arab countries.
He said that Jordan had welcomed the nuclear deal signed by Iran and the 5+1 group as a step forward to improving the Arab-Iranian relations based the principles of good neighborliness, the non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries and shared action to reinforce regional security and achieve stability, the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
However, in the period following the agreement, the Iranian government took positions that did not match with the Jordanian aspirations, he said.
The minister charged that Iran and Iranian officials supported deeds and words that amounted to interference in the domestic affairs of Arab countries, particularly the GCC states.
Following the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate general in Mashhad, Jordan expressed to the Iranian government and through the Iranian ambassador in Amman its strong protest and deep condemnation of the attacks that violated the Vienna agreement and called for an end to the interference in the internal affairs of other country and for the respect of their sovereignty, he added.
“However, we did not see any response from the Iranian government to our requests or to those of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed in their statements,” the minister said.
Given this reality on the ground, the Jordanian government moved to assess the situation and decided to summon the Jordanian ambassador to Iran for consultations, he added.