Saudi Arabia wants to avoid a war in the region but is ready to react with “force and determination” after the attacks on its oil infrastructure, said a senior official on Sunday, adding that the ball was now in the camp. ‘Iran.
Ryad accuses Iran of causing attacks on explosive drones on Tuesday against two Saudi oil wells, claimed by the Shiite Houthi militia in Yemen.
Tehran denies being at the origin of these attacks, which follow “sabotage” operations that targeted Sunday four ships off the United Arab Emirates, including two Saudi oil companies, in a context of increased regional tensions.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want and does not seek war in the region,” said Foreign Minister Adel al Joubeir.
“We will do everything in our power to prevent this war and at the same time we reaffirm that if they choose war, the Kingdom will react with all the force and determination necessary and will defend itself and its interests”.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Sunday urged leaders of the Gulf states to an emergency summit to discuss the consequences of these attacks. The meeting is scheduled for May 30 in Jeddah.
A Houthi military official said the “military operation was a response to the continued aggression and blockade” imposed by the Yemeni coalition.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have led a Sunni military coalition that has been operating in Yemen since 2015 in an attempt to bring back to power the government recognized by the international community, overthrown by the Houthis the previous year and forced to leave the capital Sanaa.
The war in Yemen is considered a proxy war between the two powers of the region, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran.