On Sunday, Saudi Arabia has called for emergency regional talks to discuss rising Gulf tensions and said that it does not want to fight with Iran but ready to defend himself. Two emergency summits were called in Mecca on May 30 to discuss recent “aggressions and their consequences”, said the kingdom’s official sources. Gulf leaders and Arab League member states were invited by Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia made the announcement after the sabotage attacks against several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone attacks on a crude pipeline by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels. Riyadh asserted that the attacks were carried out on Iranian orders.
Over the alleged threats from Iran, the United States has deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers to the Gulf. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s state minister of foreign affairs said, Saudi Arabia “does not want a war, is not looking for it and will do everything to prevent it,” he said.
“But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with strength and determination to defend itself and its interests,” he added.
The regional allies of the kingdom have welcomed the Saudi invitation. The UAE’s foreign ministry said the current “critical circumstances” require a unified Arab and Gulf stance. It further claimed the meetings will be a “significant opportunity for the countries of the region to achieve their aspirations for establishing peace and stability”.
Due to the mysterious sabotage attacks on last Sunday, four ships including two Saudi oil tankers were damaged. The incident occurred after drone strikes by Yemen’s Iran-aligned rebels on a major Saudi oil pipeline built as an alternative export route if the Strait of Hormuz gets closed.
UAE was leading the investigation related to the damaged oil tankers claimed Adel al-Jubeir but he also added that “we have some indications and we will make the announcements once the investigations are completed”.
Along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, three Western countries the US, France, and Norway will also be part of the investigation, said the Emirates.