US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Middle East on Monday as part of a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the aim of which is to forge a "global coalition" against Iran, the official said on Sunday.
Before departing, Pompeo said he'd be talking to officials in the Persian Gulf as well as Asia and Europe as he sets out to build an global coalition against Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with King Salman at Al Salam Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on June 24.
Later, Trump said in an interview with NBC that he would prefer to have talks rather than going to war with Iran.
Pompeo arrived in the Saudi city of Jiddah earlier today in a hastily arranged visit amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran's navy chief warned Iranian forces wouldn't hesitate to shoot down more USA surveillance drones from their skies. I think they're observing, â€ the US official said.
Bahrain strongly condemned the Abha attack and reiterated its solidarity with the Kingdom against attempts to undermine its security and stability, said its Foreign Ministry according to Bahrain's news agency (BNA).
Tensions have flared following the tankers attacks, Iran's downing of the drone last week, and repeated attacks on Saudi airports and oil installations by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis.
Tensions spiked last week after Iran downed an unmanned US military aircraft. He said the US doesn't "even need to be there" because it produces much of its own energy needs.
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Earlier, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and the Arab parliament released a joint statement expressing their concern over escalating tensions in the region and the dangers posed by Iran's destabilizing activities in Yemen and the broader region.
Pompeo's Mideast stops may also be aimed at reassuring Washington's Sunni Gulf Arab allies that the White House remains committed to keeping pressure on Shiite Iran following Trump's decision against retaliation, which likely raised questions about USA willingness to use force against the Islamic Republic.
Mr Hook said a deal would address Iran's nuclear programme, regional aggression and detention of dual nationals.
US-Iran relations deteriorated further after a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
He said: "Saudi Arabia is a big buyer of (American) product". Drones were also used to attack a Saudi oil pipeline last month.
The US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, said that one plan could be to "enhance" an existing multinational maritime force in the region involving about 30 countries, which now fights drug and arms smuggling, with options to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit in Japan this week.
But he also said over the weekend that he appreciated Iran's decision to not shoot down a manned United States spy plane carrying 30 people. The attack took place after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) found the drone violating the Iranian airspace over the southern coastal province of Hormozgan.
Trump has wavered between bellicose language and actions toward Iran and a more accommodating tone, including an offer for negotiations.