Saudi King Salman urges worldwide effort to confront Iran

Sunday, 02 Jun, 2019

They expressed their support for the United States strategy against Iran regarding Tehran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, as well as its destabilising activities to regional stability and security, its support for terrorism, and the hostile activities of Hezbollah, Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Houthi militias and other terror groups. "Islamic countries should reject", the Saudi diplomat said.

The OIC chief emphasized that the violation of the security of Saudi Arabia is a violation of the security and cohesion of the entire Islamic world.

Saudi King Salman was set to open the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit later Friday.

Both Saudi and Emirati officials have blamed the mysterious "sabotage" attacks on Iran while Iran denies any involvement.

The Iranian team, however, has formally announced that the Islamic Republic avoids endorsing certain parts of the documents which could be implicitly interpreted as a recognition of the Zionist regime of Israel.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman accused Iran on Saturday of being behind "terrorist operations" targeting the kingdom.

The GCC Summit in Makkah has condemned the recent sabotage operations, which targeted four tankers in UAE's regional waters and drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities. "Therefore, the participation of the State of Qatar and countries which enjoy rationality and sense of responsibility, is a national and humanitarian duty to achieve collective security and the supreme interest of the people in the region and to rationalise the discourses", she added.

It expressed "support for the U.S. strategy towards Iran" that has seen Washington tighten the screws on Iran's economy with crippling unilateral sanctions and deploy an aircraft carrier task force, B-52 bombers and an amphibious assault ship to the Gulf, along with additional troops.

Leaders of Gulf and Arab states held two emergency summits in Mecca on Thursday to present a united front to Iran.

In a letter published online Friday, Rouhani said Muslim leaders should not let the importance of Palestinian statehood be "marginalized" in the face of the Trump administration's forthcoming peace plan.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Wednesday night that some 900 American troops were being sent to the Middle East to confront the perceived Iranian threat - to reinforce the tens of thousands already in the region.

The Arab countries of the Persian Gulf expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), supporting all measures that their two allies take to protect their security and interests in the wake of what they called "terrorist attacks carried out by the Houthi terrorist militias" on oil interests in the region.

An Iranian official was at the OIC meeting where al-Assaf spoke Thursday, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did not attend.

"Gulf unity is essential in confronting Iran, to confronting their influence, to countering terrorism writ large, and, of course, to ensuring a prosperous future for the Gulf", she said.

In their closing statement read out by Aboul Gheit, the leaders demanded that the global community "stand with all decisiveness and strength against any Iranian attempt to threaten energy security". "We're looking for no nuclear weapons".