This is exactly what the senseless execution of one man can cause. Sectarian protests and violence is raging as we speak in the Middle East following Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. And now it appears to have sparked a serious diplomatic rift. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Sunday that his country is severing ties with Iran. Iranian diplomats in Saudi Arabia have 48 hours to leave the country, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters, CNN reports.
This is coming as protesters stormed Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite Cleric Nimr al-Nimr, an outspoken opponent of the kingdom's ruling Al Saudi family.
Earlier, the Iranian government had summoned the Saudi ambassador to condemn al-Nimr's execution. Saudi Arabia returned the slap, summoning the Iranian ambassador in Riyadh to vehemently object to Iran's condemnation.
These were the words of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on twitter;