Bahrain, Sudan and UAE Sever Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Bahrain asked the Iranian diplomats to leave the kingdom within 48 hours.

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A Saudi anti-government protester carries a poster with the image of executed Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. (Photo: AP)

Bahrain, Sudan and UAE announced on Monday that it was severing diplomatic ties with Iran, amid outrage over the execution of a Shia cleric Nimr-al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain has also asked the Iranian diplomats to leave the kingdom within 48 hours, Xinhua news agency reported.

State-run Bahrain news agency quoted an official statement saying:

Bahrain has decided to end diplomatic relations with Iran because of its continuous interference in the affairs of the kingdom, and also of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).

A statement released from Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said:

In response to the barbaric attacks on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad [...] the government of Sudan announces the immediate severing of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

A report published in WAM, a UAE-based news agency, observed:

The UAE has decided to reduce the level of diplomatic representation with the Islamic Republic of Iran to the level of a charge d’affaires and to reduce the number of Iranian diplomats in the country.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Iran after angry protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran to protest over the execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr-al-Nimr.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused the Iranian authorities of not taking any measure to prevent the attacks against the embassy in Tehran and the consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad.

On Saturday, the Saudi interior ministry announced that al-Nimr and 46 other men were executed on 1 January over terror charges.

The executions triggered angry protests outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday by Iranians who condemned the execution of Nimr.

Most of the executed were Saudis who were involved in a series of attacks carried out by Al Qaeda from 2003-06.

Nimr was seen as a driving force behind anti-government protests that broke out in the country in 2011.

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