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Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AFP
Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Iran

<ul> <li><strong>Riyadh breaks ties with Tehran</strong></li> <li><strong>Follows the execution of outspoken Shia cleric</strong></li> <li><strong>Saudi diplomats return home</strong></li> </ul> <p>Saudi Arabia has severed diplomatic relations with Iran in the face of growing outrage among Shia Muslims over the execution of an outspoken cleric. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just in: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says the country has cut diplomatic ties with Iran <a href="https://t.co/h5Nl9TPJlL">https://t.co/h5Nl9TPJlL</a></p>— Bloomberg Business (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/683743406397472768">January 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">UAE</span> Foreign Affairs Minister <a href="https://twitter.com/AnwarGargash"><code>AnwarGargash</a> welcomes Saudi diplomats to Dubai after they were recalled from Iran. <a href="https://t.co/YQNdmuWXZa">pic.twitter.com/YQNdmuWXZa</a></p>&mdash; Rori Donaghy (</code>roridonaghy) <a href="https://twitter.com/roridonaghy/status/683755000892362752">January 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The war of words between the Middle East rivals has escalated over the last 24 hours, with the supreme leader of Iran warning that Saudi Arabia would face “divine vengeance” for the execution of outspoken Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Foreign Minister: the Kingdom Cuts its Diplomatic Relations with Iran and Withdraws Employees of the Saudi Embassy and Consulate in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash">#Iran</a> .</p>— <span class="caps">SPAENG</span> (@Spa_Eng) <a href="https://twitter.com/Spa_Eng/status/683746590343954432">January 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The announcement came a day after Iranian protesters ransacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in outrage over the execution. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iranians?src=hash">#Iranians</a> storm & set ablaze <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saudi?src=hash">#Saudi</a> embassy in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tehran?src=hash">#Tehran</a> to protest Shiite cleric’s execution <a href="https://t.co/o8yroimYDf">https://t.co/o8yroimYDf</a> <a href="https://t.co/GaLZbwqIr2">pic.twitter.com/GaLZbwqIr2</a></p>— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamMilstein/status/683469800341782528">January 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Saudi Arabia, which put the cleric to death in a mass execution of 47 men accused of terrorism-related offences, said Iran had “revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism.” <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bahrain?src=hash">#Bahrain</a>: A woman holds a portrait of Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a protest against his execution <a href="https://t.co/azeCzAU2p9">pic.twitter.com/azeCzAU2p9</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> Photo Department (@AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/683684717300965380">January 3, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The heated rhetoric underscored the mounting tensions between the two powers that each consider themselves leaders of the Islamic world and support opposing sides in conflicts across the region.</p>