Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it has broken off diplomatic ties with Iran. This comes amid a row over the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shia Muslim cleric.
To be clear, tension between the two nations is nothing new, they have been in a de-facto Islamic Cold War since 1979. However, the pseudo war between Islam’s largest sects – the Shia’s and Sunni’s – in the Middle East, centred on Syria has heightened tension between the two nations. Iran’s return to the international community following successful talks to end its nuclear program have only served to stir the pot even further.