Somali govt orders the clossure of Iranian Embassy in Mogadishu

Press release

In line with the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Somalia today, 7th January 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion summoned the Charge d’Affaire of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Mogadishu to inform him of the decision to severe diplomatic ties with Iran.

The Ministry informed the Charge d’Affaire that all Iranian Diplomats and Embassy staff must leave Somalia within 72 hours.

This step has been taken after careful consideration and in response to the Republic of Iran’s continuous interference in Somalia’s internal affairs.

The Federal Republic of Somalia calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the sovereignty of all States as per International law, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 as well as international diplomatic norms.