Saudi Arabia has cut off relations with Iran as tensions mount over the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim religious leader. The killing of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr provoked angry protests by Shiites, especially in Iran.
The Iranian president has urged Saudi Arabia to end its war in Yemen and sever alleged ties with Israel to improve relations with the Islamic republic. Iran and Saudi Arabia have witnessed relations nosedive since 2016.
A US jury has found Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla guilty of helping Iran get around US sanctions. The trial has dented already tense diplomatic relations between NATO partners Turkey and the USA.
In light of a shared perception of threat from Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia have opened a new chapter in diplomatic relations. The move could lead to an entirely new political power balance in the Middle East.
Riyadh and Tehran have not been speaking to each other since they broke off diplomatic relations in January 2016. The small Alpine country has just finalized an agreement to end the silence.
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