Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran, diplomats given 48-hour to leave

    Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran, diplomats given 48-hour to leave

    Jan 4, Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has given 48 hours for Iranian diplomats to leave the country, amid a row over the Saudi execution of a top Shia Muslim cleric.

    On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced that the country had broken off diplomatic ties with Iran.

    According to the IRNA agency report, Iran said this would not distract from Riyadh's "big mistake" in executing the cleric.

    The United States has appealed for calm, saying diplomatic engagement is essential to resolve differences.

    Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others were executed on Saturday after being convicted of terror-related offences.

    Many of the men executed had been linked to attacks in Saudi Arabia between 2003 and 2006, blamed on al-Qaeda.

    Four of those executed were said to be Shia.

    Saudi police were shot at late Sunday in his home village, the country's official SPA news agency said.

    Security forces were looking for the attackers, calling the incident a "terrorist" act, according to SPA citing a police spokesman.

    Saudi Arabia has announced it is severing diplomatic ties with Iran following Saturday's attack on its embassy in Tehran.

    Meanwhile, reports said the flight carrying the Saudi embassy staff had landed in Dubai in the UAE.

    The Oslo Times


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