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Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic relations with Iran

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Date: 4 January 2016 01:07

Saudi Arabia has announced severing of diplomatic relations with Iran following Tehran's objection to execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, Pres TV reported.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the announcement on Sunday, adding that Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities had 48 hours to leave the country.

The move followed demonstrations held in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran by angry protesters, censuring the Al Saud family for the killing of the top cleric as part of a crackdown on Shias mostly residing in the Eastern Province.

Execution of the Shia cleric along with 46 others has drawn condemnation from governments and human rights groups from all

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