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Saudi Arabia to Halt All Air Traffic with Iran

By ETN Staff | ETN

January 5, 2016

Saudi Arabia (orange) and Iran (green). (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

Saudi Arabia will suspend all air traffic with Iran, Reuters reports citing Saudi Foreign Minister. The minister also said that all commercial ties between the two countries will be cut.

However, Iranian pilgrims will still be welcome to visit Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

On Saturday, demonstrators in Iran protesting the execution of a prominent Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr by Riyadh, attacked the Saudi embassy in capital Tehran and the consulate in the city of Mashhad.

In the wake of the attacks, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan announced the cutting of diplomatic ties with Iran. Earlier on Monday, the United Arab Emirates announced that it was reducing the number of Iranian diplomats in Abu Dhabi and downgrading the diplomatic ties with Tehran.

Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it had executed 47 men on terrorism charges, including Al-Nimr, an outspoken critic of Riyadh authorities, and several alleged Al-Qa’ida members.

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