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Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran in crisis over cleric's execution; other nations follow suit

Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran in crisis over cleric's execution; other nations follow suit

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran on Sunday, one day after the execution of an important Shiite Muslim cleric sparked a war of words between the two regional rivals.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, in a televised address on state television, declared the kingdom’s “dissolution of relations with Iran,” adding that the Iranian government had 48 hours to shut down its offices and remove all of its diplomats from the country.

On Monday, in a reflection of Saudi Arabia's influence in the region, both Bahrain and Sudan announced that they, too, were severing diplomatic ties to Iran, while the United Arab Emirates said it would downgrade its...

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