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Newsline: Jordan allegedly withdraws ambassador from Iran

Jordan has allegedly withdrawn their ambassador to Iran, Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya TV claimed this afternoon. Citing a senior Jordanian official, Al-Arabiya claimed ambassador ‘Abdallah Suleiman Abu Raman was transferred from Tehran to ‘Amman this week. “There is no intention of naming another Jordanian ambassador to Tehran at this moment,” the unnamed Jordanian official told Al-Arabiya. According to the Al-Arabiya source, the reason for the withdrawal is “Jordan’s firm stance on Iran’s policies that involve their interference in the affairs of regional countries.” The Al-Arabiya source stressed Iran’s specific policies against “the security of the countries in this region, especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-jordan-allegedly-withdraws-ambassador-from-iran-al-arabiya/

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Newsline: Iran Accused of Turning its Embassy in Sana’a into Military Camp

Iran turned its embassy in Sana’a into insurgents’ military operation room, indicated Yemen’s Foreign Ministry. The Ministry issued a statement strongly condemning Iran’s constant negative interference in the Yemeni internal issue to support the insurgency, encouraging chaos and instability in Yemen, all of which is an extension to Tehran’s sabotaging roles in the region. In a statement which the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) received a copy of, the Ministry said: “Iran has turned its embassy in Sanaa into a military camp and training center for the insurgency militia.” The embassy also became a military operations room in which Iranian military advisers meet with the coup leaders, and it serves as storage for weapons, explosive devices and missiles that pose threat to local residents in Sanaa and to other Yemeni provinces and neighboring countries, according to the Ministry.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1235181/iran-accused-turning-its-embassy-sanaa-military-camp

Newsline: Jordan jails jihadists for plotting attacks on Israel, Russia and Iran embassies

Two Jordanians were sentenced to 10 years in jail with hard labor for planning attacks on the Amman embassies of Russia, Iran and Israel. Jordan’s state security court convicted the two men for having manufactured explosives and plotting attacks on behalf of “a terrorist group.” In the charge sheet seen by AFP, the two were accused of belonging to the Islamic State group and of planning to carry out bomb attacks in 2016 on the Russian, Iranian and Israeli embassies in Amman.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/jordan-jails-jihadists-for-plotting-attacks-on-israeli-embassy-others/

Newsline: Knife attacker shot dead outide Iranian embassy in Vienna

Heightened security measures have been ordered at embassies and other diplomatic buildings in Vienna after a soldier stationed outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador to Austria shot dead a man who tried to stab him, police said on Monday. The 26-year-old assailant’s motive for the attack, which took place around 11:30 p.m. (2230 GMT), was unclear and video footage would be reviewed, a police spokesman said. “The attacker stabbed the soldier repeatedly. He was only saved by a stab-proof vest,” the spokesman said, adding that the two men ended up grappling on the ground. “The soldier defended himself well and was then able to reach for his service weapon and fire shots,” he added.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Knife-attacker-shot-dead-outide-Iranian-embassy-in-Vienna-544834

Newsline: Four arrested after balcony protest at Iranian embassy in London

Four people were arrested after they climbed on to a first-floor balcony of the Iranian embassy in London and waved flags in an apparent protest against the government in Tehran. The four were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and being unlawfully on diplomatic premises, a spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said. No one was hurt during the incident and the four were arrested when they came down voluntarily after around three hours. Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidnejad, tweeted that all staff at the embassy were safe.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-iran/four-arrested-after-balcony-protest-at-iranian-embassy-in-london-idUSKCN1GL2TS

Newsline: Turkey summons Russian, Iran’s ambassadors

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors claiming that the Syrian government forces had “violated the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” a source in the ministry told reporters. “On January 9, the Russian ambassador was summoned to our Foreign Ministry, we voiced our reaction and concerns in this regard, also asking him to convey the information to the regime in order to make it stop such actions,” the source said. According to him, Iran’s ambassador was also summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry as Iran is another guarantor of the Syrian ceasefire. The Russian embassy in Ankara has not issued any comments yet.

http://tass.com/world/984337

Newsline: Iranian Embassy sayd Tehran not using South Africa as recruiting ground

The Iranian Embassy in Pretoria has categorically denied that Tehran is using South Africa as a ground for recruiting agents to carry out attacks on Israel. The embassy told the African News Agency (ANA) in a press statement that it strongly denied reports in the South African media last week following a press release from the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria, based on an intelligence report by Israel’s domestic intelligence agency the Shin Bet, that a three-man cell with South African and Iranian links had been arrested in the West Bank. The media reports stated that three Palestinians were arrested by Israeli security forces, among them the main suspect, a 29-year-old computer engineering student named Mohammed Maharmeh from the Hebron area in the southern West Bank. According to the Shin Bet, Maharmeh was recruited into Iranian intelligence by a relative, Bahar Maharmeh, who resides in South Africa.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/tehran-not-using-sa-as-recruiting-ground-says-embassy-12660896