An already cold relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia hit freezing point after Riyadh’s execution of dozens of individuals – including Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
In the midst of global demonstrations, a small group of angry protesters in Tehran attacked the Saudi embassy, prompting several arrests by Iranian authorities.
In response, Saudi Arabia cut its ties with the Islamic Republic. Several Saudi satellite states, including Bahrain and the UAE, followed a similar approach.
But the moves by Djibouti, Somalia and have been a curious one. After years of cordial dealings with Iran, what prompted the three African states to take such a drastic step?