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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain Cut Ties with Iran After Protests over Execution

HeadlineJan 04, 2016

After the execution of Sheikh Nimr Saturday, protesters in the Iranian capital Tehran responded by torching part of the Saudi Embassy. On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced Saudi Arabia was severing ties with Iran.

Adel al-Jubeir: "The kingdom, in light of these realities, announces the cutting of diplomatic relations with Iran and requests the departure of delegates of diplomatic missions of the embassy and consulate and offices related to it within 48 hours. The ambassador has been summoned to notify them."

Bahrain has also said it will sever ties with Iran. Both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are close U.S. allies. We’ll have more on the story after headlines.

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