It’s official: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has severed tied with the Republic of Iran and given all Iranian officials 48 hours to depart the country.
The move comes after the Saudis executed Sheikh Nimir al-Nimir, a prominent Shiite cleric who was accused of promoting terrorism in the Sunni nation. He was executed alongside 46 others, including Al-Qaeda militants.
In the Shiite nation of Iran, riots featuring Molotov cocktails and stones broke out in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, acts which the Saudis claim went unchecked by local police.
Said one source close to the Saudis:
“Enough is enough. Again and again Tehran has thumbed their nose at the West. They continue to sponsor terrorism and launch ballistic missiles and no one is doing anything about it. The Saudis really don’t care if they anger the White House.”
From Fox News:
Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran, the Kingdom’s foreign minister announced on Sunday, deciding “enough is enough” with the Islamic Republic, according to a source with knowledge of the Saudi government’s thinking.
“Enough is enough,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. “Again and again Tehran has thumbed their nose at the West. They continue to sponsor terrorism and launch ballistic missiles and no one is doing anything about it. The Saudis really don’t care if they anger the White House.”
The move comes amid escalating tensions between the countries following Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric on Saturday. A group of Iranians attacked the Saudi Embassy with Molotov cocktails and stones earlier Sunday following the death of Sheikh Nimir al-Nimir, and the Saudis have indicated they don’t believe the Iranian government tried to stop the protesters.
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