Iran Recalls Ambassador to Azerbaijan

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Iran has recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan for consultations, the Iranian embassy in Baku said on Tuesday, amid a growing row between the two neighbors.

"Ambassador Mohammad Bagher Bahrami left for Tehran on May 21 in connection with the insulting of religious saints in Azerbaijan. He was recalled for consultations," charge d'affaires Ahmed Nemati said in a statement.

Tensions between the Islamic Republic and mainly Muslim but officially secular Azerbaijan escalated in recent months after Baku arrested a series of suspected attack plotters with alleged links to Iran.

There have also been a series of small anti-Iranian protests outside the embassy in Baku in recent weeks.

A senior Azerbaijani official on Monday accused Iran of spreading slander about the country as Baku prepares to stage the Eurovision song contest this week.

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