Albania sever ties with Iran, July cyberattack | Reuters

The Albanian government on Monday severed diplomatic relations with Iran and ordered Iranian diplomats and embassy staff to leave the country within 24 hours. Pictured: President Beghai of Albania. Taken in Tirana on July 24, 2022. (2022 REUTERS/Florion Goga)

[ティラナ 7日 ロイター] – The Albanian government on Friday severed diplomatic relations with Iran and ordered Iranian diplomats and embassy staff to leave the country within 24 hours. The government blamed Iran for the July cyberattack.

Albanian Prime Minister Rama announced in a video statement that he would immediately cut ties with Iran. The decision “is fully proportionate to the severity and danger of the cyberattacks that threatened to cripple public services, infiltrate government systems and cause unrest and domestic unrest,” he said.

The Iranian Embassy in Albania was not immediately available for comment.

The US government announced that an investigation concluded that Iran was behind the July 15 cyberattack. The United States will take further action to endanger the security of its allies and hold Iran accountable for its malicious cyberattacks, the National Security Council (NSC) said in a statement.

Albania and Iran have been in tension since 2014, when Albania took in some 3,000 members of Iranian dissident Mujahideen al-Khalq, who settled near the main Albanian port of Durrës. .

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