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Saudi king urges world to rein in Iran


Makkah: Saudi King Salman Thursday night called for an international stance against Iranian acts, which he said pose a threat to global security and flow of oil supplies, Gulf newspapers reported.

At an emergency summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Saudi holy city of Makkah, the king warned that Iran’s interference in the Arab region’s affairs and development of its nuclear and ballistic programmes were a “glaring defiance” of the UN charters.

“We require the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards the Iranian practices, which pose a threat to the world security and peace and use all means to stop the Iranian regime’s interference in other countries’ internal affairs and its sponsorship of terrorist activities in the region and the world,” he said at the opening of the GCC meeting.

Earlier this month, King Salman called for holding two GCC and Arab summits in Makkah to discuss the Iranian escalation after four vessels were sabotaged off the UAE and attacks by explosive drones, operated by Yemen’s Iran-allied Al Houthi militants against oil facilities inside Saudi Arabia.

He said that these  acts should prompt the GCC countries to join hands in order to preserve their security.

Besides Saudi Arabia, the GCC comprises the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. Qatar, which is locked in a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, sent its prime minister to attend the summit.

“The kingdom is keen to maintain the region’s security and stability, spare it from the ravages of war and fulfill peace and stability for all people of the region, including the Iranian people,” King Salman said.

The GCC gathering was followed by another of the Arab League leaders aimed at building a united front against Iran.

In an address to that summit, the Saudi king accused Iran and its regional proxies of jeopardizing the Arab security.

“The Iranian recalcitrance is the outcome of failure to take a deterrent and firm stance against the Iranian regime’s terrorist practices,” he said.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces is leading the UAE delegation to the summits.

“Holding the Gulf, Arab and Islamic summits in Makkah in such a critical period, during which the region is witnessing daunting challenges, re-affirms the leading role played by Saudi Arabia.” Shaikh Mohammad said.

Egyptian President Abdul Al Fatah Al Sissi told the same event that the Arab world is facing “dangerous and unprecedented” threats.

“The Arab Gulf security is closely related to the Egyptian security,” he said, calling for “firm and wise” handling of these threats.

Al Sissi that the summit was a “message of solidarity” with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Arab League head Ahmad Abul Gheit said that Arab security is indivisible, warning that threatening trade routes is a “dangerous escalation”.

The summits were held amid rising tensions between Iran and the US, which blamed the recent Gulf attacks on Tehran.

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