Gulf Arab states support right of Saudi Arabia and UAE to defend interests

Gulf Arab states voiced support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to take any action required to defend their security following recent attacks on their oil assets, Reuters reports.

A statement published by Saudi state news agency SPA said the six nations had discussed at an emergency meeting in the kingdom a joint defence mechanism under the Gulf Cooperation Council alliance. They called on Iran to stop funding “militias” and “terrorist organizations,” according to Reuters.

“What the Iranian regime is doing, from intervening in regional countries’ affairs and developing its nuclear program, threatening global maritime traffic and global oil supplies, is a blatant violation of the treaties and principles of the United Nations,” King Salman said in a speech.

Iraq was reportedly opposed to the final statement.

Iran rejected what it called “baseless” accusations made the summit.