Saudi says its security targeted, urges Gulf unity

By REUTERS
December 19, 2011 18:52

 
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RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Monday the security of his country and that of his Arab neighbors was being targeted, in an apparent reference to regional rival Iran, and called for Gulf Arab states to close ranks in a "single entity".

"No doubt you all know that we are targeted in our safety and security. That is why we have to take responsibility," he said, addressing the opening session of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The world's top oil exporter has accused Iran of backing an alleged plot uncovered in October by the United States to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

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