On Sunday, Saudi Arabia announced it will cut all diplomatic ties with Iran. Saudi Arabian officials have 48 hours to leave the country.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference that “Riyadh will not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom’s security,” according to Reuters.
He added: “The Iranian regime has a long record of violating foreign diplomatic missions.”
The move comes following an attack by protestors on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran in retaliation for Saudi Arabia executing a prominent Iranian cleric along with 46 others. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was known for being outspoken about the way Saudi Arabia treated the Shiite minority in the country. The Iranians say al-Nimr should not have been lumped in with the other terrorists who were executed.
“To lump this guy with terrorists is a stretch,” Frederic Wehrey, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told The New York Times on Saturday. “To my knowledge, he never called for armed insurrection.”