Saudi King, Arab Nations Denounce Iran At Emergency Summit In Mecca

Saul Bowman
June 2, 2019

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had received a written message from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, inviting H H the Amir to attend the GCC Emergency Summit in Makkah Al Mukkramah, on May 30.

Al-Assaf said that the Kingdom attaches great importance to stability in Yemen and condemns a continuing coup by Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the legitimate authority, which is "a clear example of Iran's continued interference in the internal affairs of countries, which must be rejected by OIC, as it is contrary to its charter and worldwide charters".

Xi also said that China stands ready to work with the Islamic countries to enhance political mutual trust and promote practical cooperation and dialogue among civilizations, to jointly create a better future for the friendly ties between China and the Islamic world and contribute to advancing the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

"We do not hope that its security is targeted because we share 1,400 kilometres of border and a number of relations", he said, referring to Iran.

Sabotage attacks damaged four vessels, two of them Saudi oil tankers, off the UAE coast in early May and were followed days later by Yemeni rebel drone attacks that shut down a key Saudi oil pipeline.

The plan, which has been heavily talked up by Trump and dubbed his "deal of the century", has already been rejected by the Palestinians, who say the president's policies have shown him to be overwhelmingly biased in favour of Israel.

Speaking before King Salman and other Arab leaders from the 22-nation Arab League, Abbas reiterated that the Palestinian leadership is boycotting a meeting next month in Bahrain being organized by the White House.

Nevertheless, U.S. President Donald Trump this week said the United States was not "looking to hurt Iran at all".

"We see the attempts by Saudi Arabia to rally neighbouring and Arab countries against Iran as the continuation of futile attempts by America and the Zionist regime", he added.

In its final statement the OIC said, it opposes all illegal Israeli measures aimed at changing facts in occupied Palestinian territories including Jerusalem and undermining the two-state solution.

Tensions have risen following attacks on oil-pumping stations in Saudi Arabia and against oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, which the United States and many Arab states have blamed on Iran or its proxies in the region.

The statements mainly cited concerns about the recent sabotage attacks against several ships off the UAE. The Trump administration's hard-line approach with Iran began with the USA withdrawal from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers previous year and continued with punishing economic sanctions on the Shiite state.

The alliance, which also includes Bahrain and Egypt, accuses Doha of supporting Islamist movements and backing Iran, a claim Qatar rejects.

Tensions have also spiked in recent weeks between Washington and Tehran, with the USA sending an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf.

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". Also on Wednesday, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said some 900 troops would be deployed to Qatar and Saudi Arabia to reinforce the tens of thousands already in the Middle East.

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