Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Iran Over Execution Protests

Iranian anti-riot policemen scuffle with Iranian protesters during a demonstration near the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran. (Photo: Abedin Taherkenareeh / EPA)
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RIYADH (NBC/Reuters)-- Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had severed ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities in Saudi Arabia had been given 48 hours to leave.

In a tweet Sunday evening, written in Arabic, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "His excellency, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (of the) Saudi kingdom is announcing cutting diplomatic ties with Iran."

He said Riyadh would not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security.

Iran did not provide an immediate response.