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UAE downgrades diplomatic ties to Iran

AP , Monday 4 Jan 2016
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The state-run news agency of the United Arab Emirates says the country is downgrading its diplomatic relations with Iran.

The statement was published on Monday afternoon. The UAE's Foreign Ministry also said it was recalling its ambassador from Tehran.

The statement said the UAE would be downgrading its diplomacy to only focus on business relationships between the Gulf federation and Iran. UAE says it's doing this due to "Iran's continued interference in the Gulf and Arab countries internal affairs."

The move comes after Saudi Arabia and Bahrain both cut diplomatic ties to Iran.

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