Saudi Arabia seeks Arab unity over Iran after attacks

MECCA, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia ready to carry emergency Arab summits on Thursday to ship a robust message to Iran over regional safety after assaults on Gulf oil belongings this month, as American officers stated a U.S. army deployment had deterred Tehran.

Riyadh accused Tehran of ordering the drone strikes, which have been claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group. U.S. nationwide safety adviser John Bolton stated on Thursday that proof of Iran being behind the tanker assaults can be offered to the U.N. Safety Council as early as subsequent week.

Tehran denies any involvement.

Saudi International Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf stated forward of the 2 late evening summits of Sunni Muslim Gulf leaders and Arab leaders that the assaults have to be addressed with “power and firmness”.

A senior Iranian international ministry official dismissed Assaf’s criticism of Tehran’s interference in Arab international locations as “invalid”, Iran’s state-run Press TV stated on Thursday.

“Whereas summit leaders are more likely to focus on how finest to keep away from a battle, King Salman is equally decided to defend Saudi and Arab pursuits amid growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran,” Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief and envoy, wrote in an opinion piece revealed by Al Arabiya.

Tensions have risen between the US and Iran after Washington give up a multinational nuclear take care of Iran, re-imposed sanctions and boosted its army presence within the Gulf.

Bolton has stated that Iranian mines have been “virtually actually” used within the tanker assaults, which he described as being linked to the strike on pumping stations on the dominion’s East-West pipeline and a rocket assault on Baghdad’s Inexperienced Zone.

An Iranian official dismissed Bolton’s remarks as “a ridiculous declare”. The Islamic Republic has stated it could defend itself towards any army or financial aggression.—Reuters

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