More Middle East countries are cutting diplomatic ties with Iran

More Middle East countries are following Saudi Arabia and cutting ties with Iran.

Saudi Arabia severed all diplomatic ties with Iran Sunday.

“The move comes after Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, ransacking and setting fire to the building in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric and 46 others on Saturday,” Business Insider’s Natasha Bertrand reports.

Iran is a majority Shiite country.

Bahrain will also sever diplomatic ties to Iran, Minister of Media Affairs Isa al-Hamadi announced Monday. Like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is ruled by a Sunni regime, although the majority of the population is Shiite.

“Bahrain frequently accuses Iran 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,” according to the Associated Press.

Additionally, another Sunni country, the United Arab Emirates, said Monday the country is “downgrading” their diplomatic relations with Iran. The UAE will recall their ambassador to Iran and will focus solely on the business relationship between the two nations, according to the AP.

Just outside of the Middle East, Sudan said Monday it will also be cutting diplomatic ties to Iran.

“In response to the barbaric attacks on the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad … the government of Sudan announces the immediate severing of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” a Foreign Ministry statement said, according to Reuters.

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