Iraq breaks with Saudi Arabia on Iran at Mecca summit

Iraq breaks with Saudi Arabia on Iran at Mecca summit

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency cited a foreign ministry spokesman as saying Friday that the accusations were part of an ongoing program against Iran being pursued by the United States and Israel.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on a trip to Iraq this month that Tehran wanted balanced ties with Gulf neighbours and had proposed signing a non-aggression pact with them.

"We do not hope that its security is targeted because we share 1,400 kilometers of border and a number of relations [with Iran]", he said.

He said tas well that these latest terrorist threats to Arab national security require the Arab nations to take quick and solid measures to develop their capabilities to be able to respond to any attempt to harm their interests.

"Tehran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen is proof of Iranian interference in other nations' affairs and this is something that".

Iran denies being involved in the attacks, which come amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the US The crisis has root in the Trump administration's decision to withdraw previous year from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

The king's remarks came at the start of two back-to-back emergency summits in Makkah in the early hours, which drew near-unanimous support for the kingdom from Gulf and Arab states - with the notable exception of Iraq. At the end of the meetings, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit said it was too early to talk of war with Tehran.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an appeal to Arab leaders to reject a White House plan for the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

Also participating is Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose country has uneasy ties with Saudi Arabia, particularly after the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul past year.

Another summit in Mecca is expected on Friday, focusing largely on Palestinian statehood and independence.

Saudi Arabia's king told an emergency Arab summit on Thursday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian "escalations" in the region following attacks on Gulf oil assets, as American officials said a U.S. military deployment had deterred Tehran.

"The Iranian regime's interference in the internal affairs of the countries of the region, development of nuclear and missile programs, and its threats to freedom of worldwide shipping are a threat to global oil supply and are in flagrant violations of the United Nations conventions and laws for the maintenance of worldwide peace and security".

A Saudi-led, US -backed coalition has been fighting against Iranian-backed Houthi insurgents since 2015, sparking what the United Nations calls the "worst" humanitarian crisis in the world right now.

But U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said U.S. actions taken so far in the Gulf region, which include repositioning military assets, have had the "desired deterrent effect on the (Iranian) regime's risk calculations".

Trump says that Iran's economy is suffering from USA sanctions and that the country is becoming a "weakened nation".

"There's no doubt in anybody's mind in Washington who's responsible for this", he said in a clear reference to Iran. "We're looking for no nuclear weapons".

Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf told a gathering of his counterparts in Jeddah ahead of the summits that the attacks must be addressed with "strength and firmness".

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have lobbied Washington to contain foe Shi'ite Muslim Iran, have said they want to avoid war after drone strikes on oil pumping stations in the kingdom and the sabotage of tankers off the UAE.

Tehran has adamantly denied having anything to do with the naval mines, which damaged four vessels.

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