Saudi Arabia has cut diplomatic ties with Iran, state SPA news agency reports, citing the Saudi foreign minister. The minister has demanded that the Iranian diplomatic mission and related entities leave the country within 48 hours.
Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia is determined not to allow Iran to undermine Saudi security.
The move comes after angry Iranian protesters stormed and set ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday night during a rally in condemnation of Riyadh’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, released an incendiary cartoon comparing Saudi Arabia to Islamic State.
The satirical picture showing Saudi and Islamic State executioners standing side-by-side, with English captions reading “Any differences?” was published on his official website on Saturday. Khamenei also released a statement on Sunday promising “divine” retribution against Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia – Iran’s regional archrival.