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Riyadh cuts ties with Iran following embassy attacks

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir announced to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and asked all Iranian diplomats to leave within 48 hours, local media reported.

The minister said he informed the UN Security Council of the attack on the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran late Saturday, adding that those Saudi diplomats reached Dubai, the UAE, safely. He accused the Iranian authorities of not taking any measure to prevent the attacks against the embassy in Tehran and the consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad.

On Saturday, enraged Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi diplomat mission against the Saudi execution of 47 individuals over terrorism charges, including a Saudi Shia cleric, Namir Al Namir, a member of Saudi Shia community.

The minister said while referring to the Iranians’ previous attacks on the US and British embassies that the attacks were a violation to the international agreements. He also accused Iran of providing protection for Al-Qaeda through weapon trafficking.

The relationship between the middle eastern countries is filled with tension. Both countries are the follower of the different set of ideologies in Islam, Iran a Shia country and Saudi Arabia is the leader of the Sunni world.

This tension might lead to more unrest in the already troubled middle east.

(IANS)

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Saudi Arabia Grants 2.6 mn Visas to Perform Umrah This Year

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike Haj, Umrah can be undertaken any time of the year

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Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Image Source: Wikimedia

Saudi Arabia has granted 2.664 million visas for pilgrims to perform Umrah this year, a 2.79 per cent up over the corresponding period last year, according to official statistics released on Friday.

Up till now, 2.250 million pilgrims have entered the kingdom to perform Umrah, a growth of 3.47 per cent over the same period last year, the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah said.

Saudi Arabia issues 2.6 mn Umrah visas. (Wikimedia Commons)

Up to 1.9 million pilgrims have already performed Umrah to date and left the Kingdom, an increase of 3.05 per cent over the same period.

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Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. Unlike Haj, Umrah can be undertaken any time of the year. (IANS)