The Latest: Saudi accuses Iran of supporting ‘terrorism’
Flames rise from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration at in Tehran - REUTERS

RIYADH: The latest developments after Saudi Arabia executes a prominent opposition Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism charges, sparking anger in Iran and among Shiite leaders across the region.

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Saudi Arabia says that by condemning the execution of an opposition Shiite cleric, Iran has “revealed its true face represented in support for terrorism.”

A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency accuses Tehran of “blind sectarianism” and says that “by its defense of terrorist acts” Iran is a “partner in their crimes in the entire region.”

Shiite-majority Iran expressed outrage over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was put to death along with 46 others convicted of terrorism charges, including three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants.

Al-Nimr was a central figure in protests by Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority until his arrest in 2012. He was critical of the Saudi government and but denied ever advocating violence.

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