Arab and Muslim leaders began gathering in the holy city of Makkah yesterday for three summits, as Saudi Arabia seeks to rally support against arch-rival Iran over attacks on oil installations.
On the eve of the talks, Riyadh blasted what it called Iranian “interference” in the region and demanded “firmness” over attacks on Gulf oil tankers and pipelines.
The call came just hours after US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Iran was almost certainly behind the sabotage of four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the UAE coast.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, and Sudan’s new military council chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan were among the leaders who arrived in the kingdom Thursday, Saudi state media reported.
Riyadh has called the talks to discuss the standoff with Iran and ways to isolate Tehran amid fears of a military confrontation.