The Iranian foreign ministry Saturday summoned the Kuwaiti ambassador to Tehran to protest Kuwaiti authorities’ meeting with an Iranian separatist movement that Iran views as an interference into its internal affairs.
For Iran, the meeting with Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz, a separatist movement wanting to break away from the Islamic country, is a “clear violation” of good ties between the two neighbors.
An Iranian opposition media recently carried a photo showing head of Kuwaiti parliament Marzouq Al Ghanem handing the assembly’s commemorative shield to a member of the movement.
Kuwait has not reacted to the Iranian rebuke but Abdullah Fahad, a lawmaker who attended the meeting refuted the Iranian claims arguing that the movement’s representative discussed an MA thesis being prepared by the Iranian Arab separatist on democracy in Kuwait, Gulf News reports.
“The meeting did not deal with any other issue at all,” the Kuwait MP said.
Ties between Iran and Kuwait have been good but went sour in 2017 after the Arab Gulf county accused Tehran of supporting Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese group branded as terror group by the US, UE, and Kuwait’s neighbors such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain.