Bahrain severs diplomatic ties with Iran

Bahrain severs diplomatic ties with Iran
A Bahraini anti-government protester holds a banner in Arabic that reads "damn you" during a demonstration against Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric. Picture: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Bahrain is severing diplomatic ties with Iran, according to a government minister from the island kingdom.

Bahrain’s minister of media affairs Isa al-Hamadi made the announcement amid heightened tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Iran is frequently accused by Bahrain of being behind the long-running, low-level insurgency in the country since its majority Shiite population began protests in 2011 against Bahrain’s Sunni rulers.

Saudi Arabia is also severing diplomatic ties with Iran following the execution of prominent opposition Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and attacks on its diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

Sudan is also severing its diplomatic relations with Iran. It says the decision takes immediate effect.

The Sudanese foreign ministry made the announcement in a statement carried by Sudan’s state news agency.

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