Saudi King Salman at GCC Summit: Iran actions threaten regional, global security


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told an emergency Gulf Arab meeting on Thursday that Iran’s development of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities threatened regional and global security.

He said Tehran’s actions threatened international maritime trade and global oil supplies in a “glaring violation of UN treaties,” following attacks this month on oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates and on oil pumping stations in the Kingdom.

“We will work together to face all challenges… The Iranian regime has been interfering in other countries’ affairs, developing their nuclear programs and threatening international navigation,” King Salman said during his speech.

King Salman added that Iran has been threatening security in the region for four decades, stating that not taking a stand against its activities has led to its transgressions.

He added that Saudi Arabia is keen on the security and stability of the region, and to avoid the horrors of war, and that “the Kingdom’s hand will always be extended to peace.”

Following the King’s speech, the GCC’s Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said that the Gulf summit is taking place under “a regional situation that foresees serious risks.”

The final communique of the GCC Summit condemned attacks by the Houthi militias on oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia, emphasizes the need for Iran to abide by international laws and charters, and stipulates that Tehran must stop its support and funding of the Houthis.

It also calls on the Iranian regime to be wise and stop fostering sectarian conflicts.

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