(FROM LEFT) Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Abul Gheit, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf attend the 30th Arab Summit in Tunisia on March 31..
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Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud invited Arab states and Gulf leaders to two emergency summits that will take place on May 30 in Mecca, according to Al Arabiya. The summits are intended to discuss "aggressions and their consequences" in the region.
"That attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed, Iran-backed Houthi militias' attack on two oil pumping station in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets," the Saudi foreign ministry wrote in a statement through the Saudi Press Agency.
The invitation comes after four commercial vessels were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE and Houthi militias used explosive-laden drones to attack two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.
Last week, an anonymous US official said that an initial assessment showed that “Iran or Iranian-backed proxies” had blown holes in four ships in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
An Iranian parliamentary spokesman claimed that "the events that took place in the Emirates were Israeli mischief," according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
Seth J. Frantzman contributed to this report.