Foreign Ministry has summoned a number of Iranian diplomats in Sana'a, informed them that they are no longer desired in Yemen and gave them an ultimatum of 72 hours to leave the state, the Kuwaiti Al-Qabas newspaper quoted Yemeni political sources. Al-Qabas further said Yemen plans to summon its ambassador in Tehran for consultations on grounds of finding out an Iranian espionage ring operating in Yemen since seven years.
According to the sources, President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi directed the Yemeni authorities to escalate diplomatic steps toward the Iranian mission in Sana'a and suspend receiving or dispatching delegations from and to Tehran.
Meanwhile, well-informed sources said that Yemen security services found out dangerous documents about Iranian activities with Al-Qaeda, in addition to funds provided by a Syrian citizen.
For its part, Tehran denied on Thursday allegations about the arrest of an Iranian spy ring run by a leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). In remarks to the Iranian Al-Alam TV, a spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Affairs stressed that interventions in the affairs of the regional states is a wrong approach.The Yemeni Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the security authorities arrested an Iranian spy cell that had been working in Yemen for seven years, spelling out that the cell was tasked with running spy operations in Yemen and African Horn.Hours after the declaration of the arrest, Yemen president Abdu Rabo Mansour Had warned Iran from interfering in Yemen affairs.In a speech delivered on Wednesday to cadets of the War College, he urged Iran to take into account that Yemen is currently facing critical conditions, stressing that Iran must stop its interventions in Yemen.