Gulf Arab States Support Right of Saudi, UAE to Defend Interests

MECCA, Saudi Arabia, May 31 (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states voiced support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to take any action required to defend their security following recent attacks on their oil assets.

A statement published by Saudi state news agency SPA said the six nations had discussed at an emergency meeting in the kingdom a joint defence mechanism under the Gulf Cooperation Council alliance. They called on¬†Iran¬†to stop funding “militias” and “terrorist organizations”.

(Reporting by Aziz El Yaakoubi and Marwa Rashad; Editing by Sandra Maler)