Execution row: Bahrain joins Saudi Arabia in severing ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have severed diplomatic ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shia cleric.

Sudan has expelled Iran's ambassador and the United Arab Emirates is cutting the number of Iranian diplomats it allows to be in the country,

Iran's Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned Saudi Arabia that it will face "divine retribution" after officials executed Nimr al-Nimr.

Saudi executed al-Nimr alongside 46 others in relation to alleged 'terrorism' offences.

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Bahrain halts all flights to and from Iran

Bahrain has joined Saudi Arabia in halting flights to and from Iran, according to Saudi-owned Arabiya TV and Bahrain News Agency.

Bahrain announced on Monday it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran a day after its ally and neighbour Saudi Arabia also severed relations.

Saudi Arabia also announced it was stopping flights to and from Iran, after its embassy in Tehran was stormed in response to its execution of the prominent Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

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UN: Breaking of diplomatic ties between Iran-Saudi Arabia deeply worrying

Saudi Arabia's decision to break off diplomatic relations with Iran was "deeply worrying", the United Nations Secretary General has said.

A spokesman for Ban Ki-Moon said that the UN chief had spoken with Saudi's foreign minister via phone.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters:

"The Secretary-General reiterated that the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran was deplorable, but added that the announcement of a break in Saudi diplomatic relations with Tehran was deeply worrying."

Bahrain: Iran has no right to interfere in Saudi Arabia affairs

Mr Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla spoke to ITV News via Skype earlier today, Credit: ITV News/Skype

Iran has no right to interfere with the affairs of other nations like Saudi Arabia, a senior minister from Bahrain has told ITV News.

Bahrain's under-secretary for foreign affairs Abdulla Abdullatif Abdulla said that Saudi Arabia's actions were their "sovereign right" to protect its citizens from "terrorists."

Mr Abdulla Abdullatif also said that his country's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran was down to Iran's "interference in the Kingdom of Bahrain."

Watch the full interview on ITV News at 6pm.

Saudi foreign minister says country should be applauded for execution of Sheikh Nimr

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends an interview with Reuters, in Riyadh. Credit: Reuters

Saudi Arabia should be applauded for the execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqr Al Nimr, the country's foreign minister has said.

Adel al-Jubeir told the Reuters news agency that Sheikh Nimr was a terrorist engaged in "terrorist acts" and his country shouldn't be facing criticism for the execution.

Al-Jubeir also told reporters that Iran was responsible for the rising tensions between the two countries.

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Thousands protest in Baghdad over Shia cleric's death

Thousands of protesters staged a demonstration close to the newly reopened Saudi embassy in Baghdad on Monday in a show of anger at the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

Protesters carrying posters of al-Nimr chanted "Damned, damned be Al Saud!", in reference to the Saudi Royal family as tensions continued to intensify after the mass execution of 47 people, including the cleric, in Saudia Arabia on Saturday.

Angry protesters gathered near Baghdad's Saudi embassy waving pictures of the executed al-Nimr Credit: Reuters
Crowds of people gathered for demonstrations in Baghdad today to protest the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr Credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

'Sudan expels Iranian ambassador over Saudi embassy attack'

Demonstrators reportedly stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday and set fires in reaction to the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr Credit: REUTERS/TIMA/Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA

Sudan has reportedly expelled its Iranian ambassador in protest to the attack on Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran.

The Tehran embassy was stormed by protesters on Sunday following Saudi Arabia's mass execution of 47 people, including a prominent Shia cleric.

News of the Iranian ambassador's expulsion was announced on Saudi state television on Monday as tensions continued to mount between the two countries.

Sudan's foreign ministry confirmed today that it has cut diplomatic ties with Iran.

UAE downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran

The United Arab Emirates has announced that it will be downgrading its ties with Iran and cutting the number of Iranian diplomats it allows to be in the country, according to local media reports.

The UAE are reducing diplomatic ties with Iran Credit: Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/PA

State news agency WAM said the government had also decided to reduce the number of UAE diplomats posted to Iran amid growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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