TEHRAN (Sputnik) – A diplomatic row erupted late Sunday after Riyadh severed its ties with Tehran over attacks on its diplomatic missions in Iran, triggered by the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric by the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
“Iran will not be affected by the severance of economic relations with Saudi Arabia, but they themselves will feel an impact from this decision,” Khosrotaj said.
According to the deputy minister, the volume of Iranian export to Riyadh in the first half of 2015 stood at $132 million, while the import accounted for only $40 million.
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia executed 47 individuals after convicting them of terrorism charges, including prominent Shiite preacher Nimr al-Nimr, despite the cleric’s reputation for peaceful opposition to the nation’s Sunni-dominated government. Tehran, as well as many other regional and international powers and watchdogs, has condemned the move.