Iranian protesters chant slogans as they hold pictures of Shi'ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against the execution of Nimr in Saudi Arabia, outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran January, 3, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/

Saudi Arabia And Iran Tensions Boil With Ties Cut From Both Sides

Relation between Saudi Arabia and Iran has deteriorated following the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in the Arabian country.

On Saturday the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was attacked and Monday the Iranian government committed to protecting diplomatic missions saying no Saudi diplomats were harmed.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Jaberi Ansari said Saudi Arabia is now looking for excuses to further harm the formal relations between the two Middle Eastern powerhouses.

Ansari added his country has taken proper action in protecting the diplomatic missions and safeguarding as well as observing the international commitments.

He further mentioned Riyadh is using the attack incident in inflaming the sectarian tensions.

Meanwhile, the UAE has downgraded its diplomatic relations with Iran. It has recalled its ambassador and said to be reducing the number of diplomats stationed in Iran.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been at odds for long but the comments have come after the Iranian diplomats were kicked out of the Kingdom country.

Chair of contemporary Middle Eastern studies at the London School of Economics, Fawaz Gerges, said the diplomatic rupture between the two countries could spiral out of control.

He added the situation between the two countries is extremely volatile and there is war of words as well as war of proxies leading towards ugly and dangerous in the next few months.

However, it is also to note the two countries are neither natural allies nor natural enemies, but they are natural rivals who have long competed as major oil producers. Both are painting themselves now as victims too.