Saudi Arabia, allies, cut ties with Iran

On 4 January 2016 Saudi Arabia announced it was cutting transportation and commercial ties with Iran, a day after it severed diplomatic relations. Saudi ally Bahrain and close partner Sudan followed suit in cutting relations with Iran, while another Saudi ally United Arab Emirates downgraded diplomatic relations with Tehran. Days Later, Kuwait and Qatar also severed ties with Iran.

These gestures are largely symbolic, since the Sunni Arab coalition already is engaged in every kind of struggle against Iran and its allies short of direct military confrontation.

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