- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has banned the import of goods from Saudi Arabia after the kingdom cut diplomatic ties over attacks on the Saudi embassy following the execution of a Shiite cleric.

Iranian state television made the announcement Thursday. It said the decision came during an emergency meeting of the Cabinet of President Hassan Rouhani.

Annual imports from Saudi Arabia total about $60 million a year and consisted mostly of packing materials and textiles.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran on Sunday after crowds of protesters attacked two of its diplomatic posts in Iran. Those attacks came after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent opposition Shiite cleric over the weekend.


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