Saudi calls urgent meeting with Arab leaders, says aims to avoid war with Iran
20 May 2019 182019000000Mon, 20 May 2019 18:32:02 +0430 18:32
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has called for two urgent meetings of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) and the Arab League to discuss tensions in the region, nearly a week after mysterious “sabotage” attacks against several ships off the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
MWFpress - alman invited the Arab leaders to attend the summits in Mecca on May 30, where they would discuss recent “aggressions and their consequences” in the region, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said Saturday.
Tensions soared in the Persian Gulf region after the United States deploying an aircraft carrier and several strategic B-52 bombers to the region over alleged threats from Iran.
The United Arab Emirates “welcomed” Saudi Arabia’s invitation in a official statement and hailed the kingdom’s role in “unifying Arab ranks and coordinating Arab stances.”
‘Riyadh does not want a war’
Meanwhile, Saudi foreign affairs minister Adel al-Jubeir also said Saturday his country did not want to go to war with Iran but was ready to defend its interests.
Riyadh “does not want a war, is not looking for it and will do everything to prevent it,” he said.
Four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sersiouly damaged in last week’s attacks near the UAE’s strategic port of Fujairah, located at the crucial entrance to the Gulf before Strait of Hormuz.
The incident was followed by Yemeni drone strikes on a major Saudi oil pipeline on Tuesday, forcing Saudis to halt oil flow in a major pipeline due to heavy damage to two pumping stations.
Jubeir said the UAE was leading the probe into the damaged oil tankers, but added that “we have some indications and we will make the announcements once the investigations are completed”.
SPA on Sunday said the Saudi crown prince spoke on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about efforts to enhance security in the region.
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