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‘Where Are You?’: Iranians Mock African Nation of Djibouti for Cutting Ties

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Iranians took to social media to mock Djibouti after the small country located in the Horn of Africa cut ties with Tehran.

Some Iranians tweeted racist comments with pictures.

Then another Iranian used a screengrab from the movie The Pianist.

The Pianist is a Holocaust movie where Adrian Brody portrays Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman. Brody’s father is from Polish Jewish descent. Roman Polanski, a Jew who survived the Holocaust, made the film.

The users claimed they never heard of the small country before and sarcastically suggested that Iran’s economy will truly suffer without Djibouti’s help.

Relations unraveled after the Saudi Arabian government executed Shiite cleric Sherik Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday. Iranians responded by attacking the Saudi embassy and the consulate in Mashhad.

Country after country began to severe ties to Iran, siding with Saudi Arabia. Djibouti joins Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

But Iranians chose to mock Djibouti after Kayhan newspaper editor allegedly wrote “The Iranian Foreign Ministry has set an ultimatum for Djibouti’s diplomats to find their country on the map within 24 hours.”

This user posted pictures of men crying over losing their Djibouti diplomats.

One Iranian spokesman allegedly said that Saudi Arabia will suffer with no ties to Iran even if they receive support from big countries like Djibouti.

“Djibouti cut its diplomatic ties with Iran out of solidarity with Saudi Arabia,” declared Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf.

Somalia, another Arab nation in Africa, has demanded all Iranian diplomats and employees leave 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,” explained the Somalian foreign ministry.

Bahrain, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates also distanced themselves from Iran.

Bahrain’s monarchy is Sunni, but Shia’s make up the majority of the population. The government claimed that Iran is “increasing, flagrant and dangerous meddling” inside Gulf and Arab states. The UAE recalled its Tehran ambassador, but decided to continue trade talks.

Qatar has recalled its ambassador to Iran.

“Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled today Qatar’s Ambassador to Tehran following the attacks on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and general consulate in Mashhad,” explained Qatar’s foreign ministry director, Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Hamar.

But Iran responded by blaming Saudi Arabia for all the fallouts. The government demanded the oil-rich nation stop “adding fuel to the fire.

“For the past two and a half years, Saudi Arabia has opposed Iran’s diplomacy,” blasted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “Saudi Arabia has moved against our efforts and, unfortunately, they opposed the nuclear agreement.

He also claimed Saudi Arabia caused many problems for the Iranian population due to low oil prices.

“This trend of creating tension must stop. We need to stand united … and stop those who are adding fuel to the fire,” he continued.


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