Saudi diplomats return to Riyadh from Iran following diplomatic row

By REUTERS
January 5, 2016 22:48

Saudi diplomats based in Iran arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday at King Khalid International airport after the Kingdom cut ties with Tehran following an attack on their embassy.

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh's execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh that the envoy of Shi'ite Iran had been asked to quit Saudi Arabia within 48 hours. The kingdom, he said, would not allow the Islamic republic to undermine its security.


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