Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it
had recalled its ambassador from Egypt for "consultation" and would
close its embassy and consulates in the Arab nation.
State news agency SPA said the reason
behind the diplomatic move was "unjustified protests" in Egypt and
attempts to storm the Saudi embassy and consulates which "threatened the
safety of its employees".
Egyptians have protested outside
the embassy over the arrest of an Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist in
the kingdom. Egyptian activists had said the lawyer was arrested for insulting
King Abdullah after filing a complaint against Saudi Arabia for its treatment
of Egyptian citizens in Saudi prisons.
Saudi Arabia said he was arrested in
possession of drugs.