Policemen patrol near the Parliament building as members vote on the impeachment motion against Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb in Male, Maldives, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain)
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The Maldives has joined its key financial backer Saudi Arabia in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing it of undermining peace and security in the Gulf region.The politically troubled Indian Ocean archipelago officially established diplomatic ties with Iran in 1975, although neither has an embassy or consulate in the other's country.After that meeting, Yameen said he hoped the two countries could strengthen ties and that the Maldives, made up of 340,000 Sunni Muslims, could start importing oil from Iran -- the Middle East's foremost Shiite power.
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