Saudi Arabia to convene Arab leaders over recent Iranian attacks
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman invited Gulf and Arab leaders to convene emergency summits to discuss the implications of this week’s attacks against the kingdom and neighboring United Arab Emirates, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.
The meetings are set for May 30 in Mecca, the ministry said on Twitter.
Four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, and two days later Iranian-backed Houthi drones attacked oil installations west of the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Pictures showing Iranian paramilitary forces loading missiles onto small boats, amid concern that the Revolutionary Guards terror group would fire them at US navy vessels, are behind a recent sharp escalation between the US and Iran.
US-allied Bahrain warned its citizens on Saturday against travel to Iraq and Iran and asked those already there to return “immediately” for their safety.
Exxon Mobil has evacuated all of its foreign staff, around 60 people, from Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them out to Dubai.
The US evacuated non-essential embassy staff from Iraq on Wednesday over what it called a ‘credible threat’ by Iran or Iranian proxies. In addition, Britain has raised the threat level to troops and diplomats in Iraq because of a ‘heightened security risk’ from Iran.