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Saudi Arabia broke off ties with Iran after embassy attacked

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, Rabi`I 25, 1437, January 5, 2016) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after violent protesters ransacked its embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad to protest the execution of a Shiite cleric.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir made the official announcement at a news conference in Riyadh, and said Iranian diplomats had 48 hours to leave the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia "is breaking off diplomatic ties with Iran and requests that all members of the Iranian diplomatic mission leave... within 48 hours," Jubeir said.
“The history of Iran is full of negative and hostile interference in Arab countries, always accompanied by ruin, destruction and the killing of innocent souls,” he said.

Al Jubeir said that Tehran has “a long record of violations of foreign diplomatic missions,” dating back to the occupation of the US Embassy in 1979, and such incidents constitute “a flagrant violation of all international agreements,” Saudi Press Agency reported.

On Saturday, a mob attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a consulate in the second city of Mashhad amid protests at Al Nimr's execution.

Jubeir said Saudi authorities had asked their Iranian counterparts to ensure security at the embassy but they did not cooperate and failed to protect it.

He said Iran’s “hostile policy” was aimed “at destabilising the region’s security,” accusing Tehran of smuggling weapons and explosives and planting terrorist cells in the kingdom and other countries in the region. He vowed that Saudi Arabia will not allow Iran “to undermine our security.”

Executed Nimr, 56, was a force behind 2011 anti-government protests in oil-rich eastern Saudi Arabia, where Shiites have long complained of marginalisation.

He was put to death along with 46 other people, including Shiite activists and convicted Sunni militants who the Saudi interior ministry says were involved in Al-Qaeda attacks that killed dozens in 2003 and 2004.

Iran has said it arrested 44 people over the embassy attacks, and President Hassan Rouhani said the demonstrators were "radicals" and the assaults "totally unjustifiable".