Foreign Minister announces the Kingdom's cutting its diplomatic relations with Iran, withdrawing its personnel within 48 hrs 2 Riyadh
الاثنين 1437/3/24 هـ الموافق 2016/01/04 م واس
Briefing reporters on the details of developments of aggressive incidents incurred by the embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and its consulate general in the Iranian city of Mash-had, Ambassador Osama Nogali, the Head of the Information Department at the Foreign Ministry, said the Embassy in Tehran received several telephone calls on Saturday morning 22/3/1437H. threatening to kill its personnel; at 2:20p.m. on the same day, crowds of mobs started to gather in front of the embassy, triggering the Charge d'Affaires a.i. to immediately notify the Iranian foreign ministry of the development, demanding protection of the embassy, but in vain; at 9:30p.m. on Saturday 22/3/1437H., another crowd of demonstrators gathered in front of the embassy, hurling stones and incendiary bombs at the building; at about 2:00a.m. early dawn on Sunday 23/3/1437 H., it was noted that the first crowd was replaced by a new crowd whereas two members stormed the embassy and set parts of its ablaze; at nearly 2:30a.m. at dawn on Tehran standard time, the crowd stormed the embassy building with the Charge d'Affaires a.i. continuing contacting anew the foreign ministry but his calls went unanswered; the Charge d'Affaires a.i. tried to obtain secured protection to come and inspect the embassy headquarters but his request was not met until Sunday 23/3/1437H. in the late afternoon to find that the building was devastated and destroyed, its contents broken and devices, appliances and furniture robbed and stolen; at 3:30a.m. at dawn on Sunday 23/3/1437H., the electricity was cut off for one hour from the district in which the embassy personnel homes are located.
01:07 LOCAL TIME 22:07 GMT