Albania severs relations with Iran after blaming it for communications cyberattack

07/09/2022 19:22

Albania has cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled Iranian diplomats, after blaming Tehran for a July cyberattack on government sites.

Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that the country was severing ties with the Islamic Republic with immediate effect, giving Iranian diplomats 24 hours to leave Albania.

Rama said the order is in response to a July cyberattack that targeted Albanian state infrastructure and communications.

The Albanian government has not released further details on the incident. The Iranian government has also yet to comment.

Iran and Albania have a somewhat troubled relationship as since 2016, the Iranian dissident group Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), was based in Albania.

Tehran designates the MEK as a terrorist organization and occasionally the Iranian press reports critically on MEK’s presence in Albania.

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