Saudi Arabia shared the concerns of its fellow Sunni Muslim ally that Shi'ite Iran has for a long time been undermining stability in the region, Gargash said, and the USA commitment to its allies in the region is "very strong".
Vice Minister of Defence Khalid bin Salman said the Houthi attacks against Aramco's facilities proved the rebel the group was an "Iranian tool" which Tehran used to implement its agenda in the strife-torn region.
Recent days have seen allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, and the dispatch of US warships and bombers to the region.
Zarif's comments came after the U.S. on Wednesday ordered non-emergency staff evacuated from its Baghdad embassy due to an "imminent" threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias. The U.S. military's Central Command said its troops were on high alert, without elaborating.
Spokesmen for two Iran-backed paramilitary organisations in Iraq denied that they had plans to strike and instead said the discussion of Iranian threats was "psychological warfare" from the US. On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif raised the possibility that American "hardliners" have orchestrated these incidents to justify a move against Iran, yet reiterated that "there won't be any war" with the US.
At the root of the recent spike in Persian Gulf tensions appears to be US President Donald Trump's decision a year ago to pull the US from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, embarking on a maximalist sanctions campaign against Tehran to cripple the country's economy.
But tensions have ratcheted up, with the United States deploying an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over alleged threats from Iran. He also said that while his country would not negotiate with the United States, Iran is not seeking war. We have also made clear to the Iranians that if American interests are attacked, we will most certainly respond in an appropriate fashion.
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The Alliance for Freedom and Change meanwhile said the shootings on Monday were an attempt to "disturb the breakthrough" in talks.
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Even Gulf Arab states that openly oppose Iran, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, seem cautious this week. On Tuesday, both Iran and the USA made it clear they do not want the growing tensions to escalate to war.
A senior British officer in the US -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group appeared to push back against the USA claims, telling reporters earlier in the week that there'd been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Maj.
A statement from the coalition confirmed its forces are "resolved to follow all terrorist elements across all of Yemen, and will be resolute to target all locations from which terrorist attacks are initiated". Gen. Chris Ghika's comments exposed global skepticism over the American military buildup.
Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash was careful not to place blame on any party in the attacks.
It was revealed today that two Saudi tankers - one due to pick up oil destined for America - were left with "significant damage" after being sabotaged off the UAE on Sunday.
Iranian foreign minister Javed Zarif had held talks with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Monday as part of his diplomatic drive to talk to shareholders about the recent developments and Iran's steps to suspend commitments under nuclear deal. Though Iran maintains its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, scientists say the time needed to reach the 90% threshold for weapons-grade uranium is halved once uranium is enriched to around 20%.
At the root of the recent spike in Persian Gulf tensions appears to be Trump's decision a year ago to pull the USA from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, embarking on a maximalist sanctions campaign against Tehran to cripple the country's economy.
Meanwhile, the Qatar-funded satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera said Qatar is trying to "defuse escalating tensions".
Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. entered the Yemen war in 2015 and have long accused Iran of providing their Houthi foes with support.