WW3 ALERT: Saudi Arabia gives Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave country after Saudi embassy torched in Iran
Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after its embassy in Tehran was attacked by protesters.
By Ben Ariel
Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, over attacks on its embassy facilities in Iran by people protesting the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The kingdom has requested that all members of Iran’s diplomatic mission leave Saudi Arabia within 48 hours, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh.
“The Iranian regime has a long record of violating foreign diplomatic missions,” he said, adding that the Iranian government hadn’t responded to requests to protect its embassy.
Women and children in Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic missions had been evacuated on a flight Sunday night, he added.
There was no immediate response from Iranian officials, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The severing of ties is the latest escalation in a growing sectarian-tinged standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia is the Persian Gulf region’s Sunni Muslim power, while Iran is predominantly Shiite.
The row began Saturday, when Saudi Arabia executed Nimr among 47 people sentenced to death.
Nimr was a driving force of the protests that broke out in 2011
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