Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on
Friday called for decisive action to halt Iran's "escalation"
following attacks on Gulf oil facilities, during a summit held on Thursday in
Saudi Arabia's Makkah.
A statement issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and a separate statement issued after the summit affirmed the right of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to defend their interests after the attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the UAE and two pumping stations in the kingdom.
Tehran denies involvement in the attacks. In a sign of tension in the region, Iraq, which has good relations with both Iran and Washington, said it opposed the final communiqué of the Arab summit, which stipulated that any cooperation with Tehran should be based on "non-interference in the affairs of other countries."
King Salman of Saudi Arabia said during the two consecutive meetings held late on Thursday that "it is important to note that the failure to take a deterrent and firm stance against the subversive activities of the Iranian regime in the region has led to the continuation of [committing these activities] and the escalation in the way we see today."
Iran's development of its nuclear capabilities and ballistic missiles and its threat to global oil supplies threaten the security of the region and the world, he said.
For his part, Iraqi President Barham Salih said that the regional and international crisis with Iran can turn into a war if we do not manage it properly and expressed the hope that Iran's security will not be targeted and asked the summit to support stability in Iraq.
Iran is a "Muslim and neighboring country to Iraq and Arabs. Certainly, we do not hope that its security become targeted as we (Iraq and Iran) are linked with 1,400 km of borders and various bonds and relationships," Salih stated.
"Sure, the security and stability of a Muslim neighboring country is part of the requirements and interests of the Arab and Muslim countries," he added.
Tensions between Iran and the US have continued to escalate, after a new video showed a secret underground missile base in Iran developing terrifying weapons.