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Middle Eastern Nations Alignment; Iran vs. Saudi

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    Here is the current alignment as of Jan. 5 2016,

    Saudi-Iran crisis widens as Kuwait recalls envoy

    Tuesday, 5 January 2016
    The diplomatic crisis surrounding Saudi Arabia and Iran widened on Tuesday as Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Tehran and Bahrain severed air links in the face of growing international concern.

    Joining Riyadh and its Arab allies in taking diplomatic action, Kuwait said it was withdrawing its envoy over a weekend attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

    Kuwait’s move came after the U.N. Security Council strongly condemned the attack by protesters angry over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

    Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran have erupted this week into a full-blown diplomatic crisis, sparking widespread worries of regional instability.

    Egypt's foreign minister has denounced the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran as "unacceptable."

    Sameh Shoukry said during a visit to Riyadh on Tuesday that Iranian behavior following sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's execution is tantamount to "intervening in the kingdom's internal affairs."

    The Egyptian diplomat also reaffirmed his country's support for Saudi Arabia ahead of an upcoming meeting of foreign ministers at the Arab League that is due to discuss the Iran-Saudi spat.

    He says the "security of the kingdom is an integral part of Egypt's security and Egypt's security is an integral part of the kingdom's security."

    Bahrain on Monday decided to cut ties with Iran, a day after Saudi Arabia severed relations with the Islamic republic, the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

    Bahrain gave Iranian envoys 48 hours to leave the kingdom, expressing similar sentiments to that of Saudi Arabia when it accused Tehran of interfering in the affairs of regional countries and giving safe haven to terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda.

    BNA said in an Arabic statement that “after the cowardly acts inflicted on our brethren at the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad - which represent a flagrant violation of intentional treaties and grave sectarian policies - we cannot be silent about nor accept it [an Iranian diplomatic presence].”
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