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    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

    Saudi Arabia Breaks Off Diplomatic Relations With Iran

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    Saudi Foreign Minister announced that the kingdom cuts relations with Iran.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it would cut diplomatic ties with Iran.

    According to the Al Arabiya news channel, Riyadh announced cutting ties with Tehran and decided to evict Iranian diplomatic mission from Saudi Arabia.

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a news conference that Iran's diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia had been given 48 hours to leave.

    The Saudi foreign minister said Riyadh would not allow Iran to "sabotage security" of the kingdom, the media outlet reported.

    47 Saudi diplomats and their relatives were evacuated from Iran after their embassy was stormed by protesters in Tehran, Saudi foreign ministry spokesperson Osama Naqli reported. The diplomats landed in Dubai on their way home to the kingdom, according to Al Arabiya TV.

    "The attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran began after the announcement of enforced court rulings. This is not the first time when Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad were subjected to criminal attacks without intervention from Iranian authorities," Naqli said.

    The spokesman said, as quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, that several districts where diplomatic staff resided had experienced an hour of power outages.

    Naqli expressed gratitude to the United Arab Emirates for assisting in the evacuation and facilitating the safe return of Saudi nationals to their homeland, despite "obstacles on the part of the Iranian authorities."

    The Obama administration called for leaders throughout the region to reduce tensions and encouraged diplomatic engagement, Reuters reported.
    "We believe that diplomatic engagement and direct conversations remain essential in working through differences and we will continue to urge leaders across the region to take affirmative steps to calm tensions".

    Meanwhile, a source familiar with the Saudi government's thinking was quoted by the news agency as saying that "the Saudis really don't care if they anger the White House."

    ​Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia soured following the execution Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, an outspoken critic of the Saudi monarchy, along with 46 other people convicted of terrorism.

    On Saturday, demonstrators protesting in Iran against the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr by Riyadh attacked the Saudi embassy in capital Tehran and the consulate in the city of Mashhad. The protests continued on Sunday.

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      A "statesman" attitude is needed in both sides.
      There are many things that happens in this world that many people don't agree with, but we need not go about killing for revenge!
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      A "statesman" attitude is needed in both sides.
      There are many things that happens in this world that many people don't agree with, but we need not go about killing for revenge!
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    • Lubos Vokoun
      If only Saudi Arabia would call home all its terrorist envoys like ISIS
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      Saudi Royal Family has going too far with their Dictatorship, the people of the Saudi Arabia suffering from their governing and they acting more like the bloodthirsty criminals that breaking international laws and basic human rights, the Saudi Royal family had kill more people than terrorists from ISIS/Daesh!
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      Awww...... Da poor Saudis are going home and taking their ball with them. Oh boo hoo......

      After the last Hajj, Saudi's lucky to get their diplomatic mission back alive.
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      marcanhaltin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
      Jg38691, Oh, you sweet talker you! How big do they have to make the font for you to read what is ON the lines? You are so funny!
    • Emmeric
      This is a move to appease America in hopes that the recent ISIS declaration of war (American/British Intelligence operation) against Saudi Arabia gets called off.

      Lindsey Williams informed us the elite insiders claimed Saudi Arabia was to be taken down last - right before they deliberately collapse the dollar with interest rate hikes.
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      What Turnkey and Yahoodi Arabia are doing are most analogous to the tail whips of a trapped allegator. Iran should keep quiet and just watch Arabia turn to another Syria. This is exactly what Iranians warned Turkey a few years ago: Turkey can become a mirror image of Syria. I recently saw a picture of a residential neighborhood with riddled and big holes walls. The caption read: No, no, this is not Syria. This is Turkey.
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      Have no love for Saudi Kingdom but Iran should under no circumstances let protesters attack their embassy, no matter who the Kingdom executed. And no matter that the cia or mi6 or mossad or all 3 is instigating the protests.
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      artin reply toConcernedCitizen(Show commentHide comment)
      ConcernedCitizen, Iran had changed the name of the street Saudi embassy is on to Martyr Nimr Street. Some say this sounds more of a reason.
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      WHO CARES , CAMEL FUCKER hahahaahhha
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      Just another in a long history of Iranian violence towards the official representatives and buildings of other nations. That is just another of many reminders of the sick violent ignorant mentality of the IRGC and the 'leader' of Iran the the tools who follow these sick peoples . . .

      Violent over the death of one of the many terrorist cult figures in their repugnant religion . . .
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      It is good for Iran not having diplomatic ties with the evil despots at the helm of Saudi Arabia.
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      ozcanerdonmezin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)

      Any country that chants death to America must be supported by all decent human beings throughout the globe. The U.S. is the leading terrorist state on earth. Stop watching Hollywood and come back to earth. Saudi Arabia is a puppet state of Washington and Tel Aviv, the two leading terrorist rogue nations that are responsible for all the carnage we see in the Middle East and North Africa. You disgust me.
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      Truth Seekerin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
      Jg38691, "Obliterated"? LOL. Peaceful squeaking there.
      Oh by the way, DEATH TO AMERIKKKA.
    • Tony Rossiniin reply toJg38691(Show commentHide comment)
      The warmongering Americans and their Israeli & Saudi allies ought to be crushed into oblivion!
      The world would then a more peaceful place to live in!
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      ozcanerdonmezin reply toart(Show commentHide comment)

      Entire towns and villages have been destroyed, it's even worse than you think.
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      Guess what most of Iranians think with themselves now, GOOD RIDDANCE!!
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      What would be interesting is if Russia successfully mediates the tensions between them.
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