NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, an ally of the United States (US), has called for an emergency meeting with the Arab leaders.
The call for the urgent meeting has come on the back of rising concerns over the recent attacks on commercial vessels off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coast and drone strikes on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.
Last week, four oil tankers, including two Saudi ones, were allegedly targeted near the port of Fujairah, which the Emirates described it as a sabotage attack.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia said that it wants to avert war in the Gulf region and stands ready to respond, following such attacks on Saudi oil assets, and told Iran that the ball was in its court now.
The attacks were believed to have been carried out by Yemen’s Houthi fighters in retaliation for the prolonged Saudi offenses against Yemen that has brought the region to the brink.
Saudi Arabia’s autocratic regime is a close allay of the US and is often blamed for lobbying with the West to counter Hassan Rouhani-headed Iran.
Meanwhile, the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee chief Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, deplored the Saudi Arabia’s call to convene Arab summit, and twitted, “they only know how to support war and destruction”.
Earlier on Saturday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had a phone conversation with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.