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     Saudi allies cut ties with Iran after dispute between both countries

January 4, 2016
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A number of allies of Saudi Arabia have joined diplomatic action against Iran, after an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric. Bahrain and Sudan have both severed ties with Iran, and the UAE has downgraded its diplomatic team. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic ties with Iran, giving Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said trade links with Iran would be cut and air traffic links would be stopped. But in a Reuters interview, al-Jubeir also said Iranian pilgrims travelling to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina will still be allowed to enter. Saudi Arabia is the key Sunni power in the Middle East, and Iran is mainly Shia Muslim. Meanwhile in the US, a White House spokesman has called on both countries to “show some restraint” to avoid further tensions in the region.
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