Ban wanted to ensure that both Iran and Saudi Arabia, regional rivals with a long history of tense relations, continue their commitment to ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where the two countries back opposing sides, Dujarric said.
The decision was announced by Bahraini Media Minister Isa al-Hamadi.
“Bahrain chose to break off diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and calls upon all members of the mission to leave the kingdom within 48 hours”, news agency BNA said.
Bahrain and Sudan followed suit by also cutting ties with Iran on Monday.
On Saturday, protestors in the Iranian capital of Tehran stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy, raiding it and setting it on fire. The Shiite cleric was a critic of the Saudi monarchy and had led protests in the eastern part of the country, where many Saudi Shiites live.
There are close to 800,000 Filipinos in Saudi Arabia and more than 4,000 in Iran.
Turkey’s relations with Saudi Arabia have warmed considerably in recent months and in December President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Riyadh for talks with King Salman and the entire Saudi elite. The circumstances were unclear, but Saudi officials said he rammed a security forces vehicle, leading to a gun fight.
Concerns over economic weakness in China are also helping to keep prices lower as it would dampen demand in the world’s second biggest economy and top energy consumer, other analysts said.
“There have been direct concerns raised by USA officials to Saudi officials about the potential damaging consequences of following through on the execution – on mass executions, in particular, the execution of” the Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Earnest told a news briefing. It offered no motive for the attack, nor for another it said saw a mob beat and briefly kidnap a man driving through the area.
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