Monday 24 June 2019

'We want peace and stability but we won't stand with our hands bound' - Saudi diplomat stands firm amid Iran tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir Credit: Reuters
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir Credit: Reuters
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A Saudi diplomat says the kingdom does not want war, but will defend itself, amid a recent spike in tensions with Iran.

Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, spoke a week after four oil tankers were targeted in an alleged act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates - and days after Iran-allied Yemeni rebels claimed a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the pipeline attack on Iran.

Gulf officials say an investigation into the tanker incident is under way.

Mr al-Jubeir told reporters: "We want peace and stability in the region, but we won't stand with our hands bound."

Ministers from major oil-producing countries were to meet in Saudi Arabia later Tuesday.

Press Association

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