Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran: foreign minister

  • Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran: foreign minister

    RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia was severing diplomatic ties with Iran after demonstrators stormed its Tehran embassy to protest against Riyadh's execution of a Shiite cleric.

    Jubeir also said that all Iranian diplomats must leave Saudi Arabia within 48 hours.

    Saudi Arabia “is breaking off diplomatic ties with Iran and requests that all members of the Iranian diplomatic mission leave, within 48 hours,” he told a news conference.

    On Saturday, a mob attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a consulate in second city Mashhad amid protests against the execution in Saudi Arabia of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

    The 56-year-old, a force behind 2011 anti-government protests in eastern Saudi Arabia, was among 47 convicted men put to death on Saturday in the kingdom.

    The others were Shia activists and Sunnis who the Saudi interior ministry said were involved in Al Qaeda attacks, with some beheaded and others shot by firing squad.

    Iran arrested 44 people over the embassy assault, which President Hassan Rouhani described as “totally unjustifiable”.

    But the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Nimr's execution, saying “God will not forgive” Saudi Arabia for putting him to death.

    Jubeir responded on Sunday by saying: “Iran's history is full of negative interference and hostility in Arab issues, and it is always accompanied by destruction.“

    Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been strained for decades, with Riyadh frequently accusing Tehran of interfering in Arab affairs.

  • This is just the Arab-Persian conflict. Both these countries are using religion to cover their own political ambitions specially Iran.

    Iranian Ayatollahs have no love lost with the Arabic speaking Shia population of Gulf or the Middle East. They are using their proxies like Hezbollah, Bashar and Houthis to instigate trouble in the Arab countries and then expect the Arabs will not respond.

    The Iranians have started recruiting mercenaries from Pakistan as well. There is already a Pakistani version of Hezbollah brigade working on these lines and sending militants to Syria and Iraq.

    Pakistan must stay out this Arab-Persian conflict and try to be a mediator rather than taking any sides.

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    UAE, Bahrain cut ties with Iran after attacks on Saudi missions


    DUBAI: Bahrain announced on Monday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, state news agency BNA reported, a day after its ally and neighbour Saudi Arabia also severed relations with Tehran.

    “Bahrain decided to break off diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and calls upon all members of the mission to leave the kingdom within 48 hours,” BNA said.

    Similarly, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also announced on Monday it was downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and limiting the number of Iranian diplomats in the country, state news agency WAM reported.

    “The UAE has decided to reduce the level of diplomatic representation with the Islamic Republic of Iran to the level of a charge d’affaires and to reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in the country,” WAM said.

    Saudi Arabia cut ties with regional rival Iran on Sunday after Iranian protesters attacked its mission there, angered by the Sunni Muslim kingdom’s decision to execute a leading Shia cleric. Iran is the main Shia power.

    Sudan expels Iranian ambassador

    Sudan also decided to expel the Iranian ambassador in protest at an attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran, Saudi state television station Ekhbariya reported on Monday.

    “The Sudanese government announces the cutting of diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran immediately,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • Surprisingly, no re-action from Curiousity Jee so far!!

  • I was not expecting Iranians to chicken out so quickly...

    Or may be, they get the directions from their present day best friend Putin to bow down to Saudis...

  • آج سے دو سو سال پہلے میرے پردادا اور ان کے چھوٹے بھائی کے درمیان جائداد کی تقسیم پر جھگڑا ہو گیا اور اس کے بعد ان کے تعلقات منقطع ہو گئے

    لیکن وہ دونوں بزرگ میرے لئے قابل احترام ہیں ، ان کی تصویریں اور تحریریں میرے پاس ایک خزانے کی طرح محفوظ ہیں

    کیا مسلمان خلفاے راشدین کے متعلق اسے ہی جذبات پیدا نہیں کر سکتے ؟

  • @Javed Sheikh Sahib

    Very good point. I 'd like @Curiosity bhai to respond to your wish.


  • کیا مسلمان خلفاے راشدین کے متعلق اسے ہی جذبات پیدا نہیں کر سکتے ؟

    شیخ صاحب

    یہ جھگڑا خلفائے راشدین کا نہیں بلکہ عرب و فارس کے باہمی تعصب کی جنگ ہے جو خلفائے راشدین سے بھی پہلے کی چلی آرہی ہے۔

    ایران اور سعودی عرب دونوں اسے مذہبی رنگ اس لیے دیتے ہیں کہ ایسا کرنے سے بیرونی ریکروٹمنٹ میں آسانی رہتی ہے۔