Over Iran’s attacks on Gulf oil facilities, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister has called on Islamic nations to reject its arch-rival Tehran’s “interference” in the affairs of other countries, along with escalated regional tensions.
On Wednesday, Ibrahim al-Assaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia told foreign ministers of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah city, “Tehran’s support for Houthi rebels in Yemen is proof of Iranian interference in other nations’ affairs and this is something that… Islamic countries should reject,”
Mr. Assaf announcement came out on the eve of emergency Arab and Gulf summits held by Saudi Arabia at the weekend over the rising tensions between the Iran and United States who decided to enhance military around its Gulf nations.
Washington’s ally Saudi Arabia organized the meetings among Muslim nations in Mecca, which is considered Islam’s holiest city, US allowed its partner Riyadh the chance to present joined Islamic, Arab and Gulf fronts against its opponent Tehran, who still declines to accept responsibility of attacks on Gulf oil tankers.
Iran’s Foreign Minister didn’t attend the summit, representative of Tehran was sent to be a member of summit of OIC on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, regional tensions arose after US President Donald Trump’s administration re-imposed sanctions against Tehran when White House stepped back from a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal signed with the Islamic republic.
Iran backed Yemeni rebels were asked to target two Saudi oil tankers, among four vessels stepping up drone attacks on the kingdom as a mysterious acts of sabotage off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this month. Yemeni attacks also caused one of the temporary blocked of a major oil pipeline.
Tehran is believed to be about certainly behind oil tanker attacks, though the Islamic Republic nation has declined an accusation that what caused tensions escalation behind both nations, John Bolton, US National Security Advisor told media.