Jordan recalls its ambassador to Iran

Citing Iranian interference in the 'internal affairs of neighboring countries,' Amman pulls ambassador.

Gil Ronen ,

King Abdullah of Jordan
King Abdullah of Jordan

Jordan said Monday that it is recalling its ambassador to Iran for consultations, as tensions between Iran and Gulf states continue.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani said that his government took the step because of what he described as Iranian interference in the "internal affairs of neighboring countries, especially Gulf countries."

In comments published by Jordanian state media, Momani said Iran has "not responded" to calls by Jordan and others to respect the sovereignty of Arab countries.

Jordan is the latest Sunni country to recall its envoy from Tehran since Saudi Arabia cut ties with the Iran earlier this year.

That move followed violent demonstrations in Iran against Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric. Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad were attacked.

"This development puts the lie to the claim that 'Israel is getting more isolated in the region' when in fact Iran is getting more isolated in the region," commented Arutz Sheva strategy expert Mark Langfan.

"All the Arabs are realizing that Israel and only Israel has the order of battle and back-bone to help them defeat a creeping Iranian hegemony over the Arab world."