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Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran

Lawrence of Arabia

January 03, 2016, 04:11 pm
By Bradford Richardson

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday said Riyadh is severing diplomatic ties with Iran amid tensions between the regional rivals.

Adel al-Jubeir said in a news conference that the Iranian diplomatic mission has been given 48 hours to leave Saudi Arabia, according to multiple reports.

The announcement comes after Iranians stormed a Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday in retaliation for the execution of a prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

Most of the 47 prisoners executed on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, a Sunni kingdom, were al Qaeda affiliates accused of taking part in terrorist attacks over the last decade.