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Jubeir to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Don’t Want War, But We Will Defend Interests

Jubeir to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Don’t Want War, But We Will Defend Interests

Thursday, 30 May, 2019 - 11:00
Al-Marzoqah tanker is seen off the Port of Fujairah, UAE, May 13, 2019. (Reuters)
Jeddah - Mohammed al-Ayed, Saeed al-Abyad
The urgent GCC and Arab League summits will denounce the recent developments in the region because of Iran’s policies, stated Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Jubeir said that his country has been very clear since the beginning about not wanting war in the region, but will surely “protect its land, people, and interests in suitable means.”

The Minister indicated that Iran must put an end to its policies in the region if it wants to be part of the international community.

Jubeir discussed the issues that will be addressed during the GCC and Arab League summits hosted by Saudi Arabia on Thursday and Friday, noting that the aim is to denounce all recent incidents in the region caused by Tehran’s policies.

Saudi Arabia will host the Arab League, GCC and Islamic summits scheduled for Makkah on Thursday and Friday.

He indicated that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold its regular summit during which the current presidency will be transferred from Turkey to Saudi Arabia. He hopes this summit will enhance the organization’s role in the Islamic world and contribute to finding solutions for the challenges facing Islamic states.

Asked whether any of the member states of the OIC called for freezing Iran’s membership in the organization, Jubeir said he expects that all the countries are against Iran’s aggression and its involvement in other state’s affairs. He added that they also denounce Tehran’s support for terrorism and providing Hezbollah and Houthis with ballistic missiles.

Regarding a war in the region following Iran’s acts of sabotage and targeting of oil tankers, as well as instructing the Houthi militias to target oil pipelines in two vital areas, Jubeir asserted that Saudi Arabia is trying to avoid war in any way, but it doesn’t want Iran to maintain its aggression in the region.

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