Another rippling effect of the Saudi-Iran brawl. Sudan has reportedly joined Saudi Arabia in severing diplomatic ties with Iran by expelling the Iranian ambassador from their capital. The move came after Saudi Arabia severed relations with Iran after a row broke out following the execution of top Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia.

Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the embassy on Saturday, along with the Saudi Consulate in Iran’s second-largest city Mashhad, after the Saudis executed a Shiite cleric who had criticized the Sunni kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite minority. The cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was among a group of 47 people who were executed.

There has been no independent confirmation of the new development from Sudan as the news was circulated by a Saudi Arabian funded TV station. Saudi Arabia and Iran are the key Sunni and Shia powers respectively in the Muslim world and most Sudanese Muslims are Sunnis. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have also reacted to the brouhaha by severing ties with Iran.

 

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