Bahrain and UAE join Saudi Arabia in severing ties with Iran

(From Sky News)

The execution of 47 people in Saudi Arabia has led to a dramatic rift in diplomatic relations across the Middle East, with Bahrain, Sudan and UAE joining the kingdom in severing ties with Iran.

The killing of a prominent Shia cleric led to fervent backlash in Iran

The killing of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr led to fervent backlash in Iran

While nations around the world condemned the mass Saudi executions, it was the killing of a prominent Shia cleric that led to the most fervent backlash in Iran.

The UAE government said it was going to downgrade its links to Iran, cutting the number of permits it issued for diplomats. Bahrain and Sudan said they were severing ties altogether, with Iran ordered to remove its entire mission from Khartoum.

The Bahrainis said the decision was triggered by the “cowardly” attacks on the Saudi embassy in Iran by protesters angry at the execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr. Read More

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