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    A diplomatic breakdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran will exacerbate tensions in the region, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ibrahim Rahimpour told Sputnik on Monday as he accused Riyadh of shortsightedness.

    TEHRAN (Sputnik) Saudi Arabia cut off ties with Iran on Sunday following an attack on its embassy in Tehran after Saudi authorities executed a prominent Shiite cleric.

    "Saudi Arabia’s severing diplomatic ties with Iran will only escalate tensions in the region. Countries are taking steps to normalize relations with Iran, while Riyadh is breaking them off. It lacks far-sight in terms of diplomacy," Rahimpour said.

    He warned that the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr would escalate tensions between Shiites and Sunnis, and stressed that Iranian law enforcers did everything in their power to bring those responsible for storming the Saudi embassy to justice.

    Sheikh al-Nimr was among 47 people executed Saturday for alleged terrorism-related offenses. The cleric had been vocal in his criticism of the Sunni-ruled monarchy during the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Saudi Arabia’s Shiite-majority eastern province.

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