Saudi al­lies hold sum­mit to pre­vent oil at­tacks by Iran

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GCC chiefs-of-staff met Arab and west­ern mil­i­tary lead­ers in Riyadh on Mon­day to dis­cuss ways to jointly pro­tect the re­gion’s oil in­fra­struc­ture af­ter the Septem­ber 14 at­tacks on Saudi Aramco.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the US, UK, France, Ger­many, Greece, Italy, Nether­lands, New Zealand, Pak­istan, South Korea, Jor­dan and Egypt at­tended.

Gen Fayyadh Al Ruwaili, the Saudi chief-of-staff, ac­cused Iran of whip­ping up sec­tar­ian strife for po­lit­i­cal ends through mili­tia prox­ies that owed “ab­so­lute loy­alty” to Tehran.

“The re­gion has been suf­fer­ing con­sec­u­tive crises since the regime of the Ira­nian rev­o­lu­tion reached power,” Gen Al Ruwaili told the meet­ing.

Mil­i­tary of­fi­cials looked at ways to use naval and air forces to guard against “Ira­nian ter­ror­ist at­tacks and en­sur­ing the safety of ma­rine nav­i­ga­tion”.

The US is send­ing ex­tra troops to Saudi Ara­bia to bol­ster its de­fences. Saudi Ara­bia and Wash­ing­ton have blamed the Septem­ber 14 at­tack on Iran.

The at­tack knocked out al­most half of Saudi Ara­bia’s oil pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity, be­fore most of the dam­age was re­paired.

The US stepped up its ef­forts to set up a se­cu­rity coali­tion fol­low­ing the Aramco at­tacks.

Ten­sion has been run­ning high be­tween the US and most of its Arab al­lies on one side, and Iran over US sanc­tions on Tehran’s oil ex­ports and a se­ries of un­claimed at­tacks on ships in the Strait of Hor­muz and the Gulf of Oman.

The wa­ter­ways are used by oil tankers sup­ply­ing al­most a third of the world’s oil.

The UAE, Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain, Bri­tain and Aus­tralia have joined a US coali­tion to pro­tect ship­ping in the re­gion.

Its mem­bers have com­mit­ted troops, planes and ships to ac­com­pany and track ves­sels pass­ing through the Gulf.

But Ja­pan said last week it would send its own ships and planes to pro­tect its mer­chant ves­sels in the Gulf, re­ject­ing calls to join the US coali­tion.

Gen Fayyadh Al Ruwaili, Saudi chief-of-staff, at the meet­ing in Riyadh with mil­i­tary lead­ers yes­ter­day

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