Iran Calls Diplomatic Split with Senegal 'Illogical'

Published on Thursday 24th February 2011

Iran is calling Senegal's decision to end their long-standing diplomatic ties as "illogical."The Tehran government says it appears Senegal is under the influence of foreign interest.Senegal said Wednesday it was severing ties with Iran because Iranian weapons were used in Sunday's attack by rebels of the Democratic Forces of Casamance that killed three Senegalese soldiers and wounded several others. Senegal and Iran had enjoyed strong diplomatic ties until October when 13 containers loaded with weapons from Iran were seized at the Nigerian port of Lagos.Tehran said the arms were bound for a state in West Africa, later revealed to be Senegal's neighbor Gambia.  Senegalese analysts suggest the weapons may have been destined for separatist rebels operating in Senegal's southern Casamance region.Gambia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran following news of the shipment.Sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council prohibit Iran from exporting weapons to other countries.The sanctions were adopted because of Iran's nuclear program.  The United States and other countries accuse Iran of trying to acquire nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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