Amidst rising tension between America and Iran, the Saudi leadership had recently called for multiple and urgent Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Arab League meetings. Here, the group would discuss escalating tension in the Gulf region. The proposal for the same was put forward by King Salman on May 18 who proposed holding these two summits in Mecca. The summit has started today and would discuss recent “aggressions and their consequences” in the region.
Qatar’s Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani will attend this Gulf summit, one of the first high-level meetings with blockading nations since the embargo was imposed nearly two years ago.
The sudden shift in extending an invitation to Thani is being looked at the Gulf region countries taking a serious stand against the Iranian notorious activity, and consolidating their position, by even including peninsular Arab countries like Qatar, which has been working hard at building its economic independence, by reaching out to nations like Turkey, Iran, India, China, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Russia, and other western powers.
Political analysts believe that ‘the fact that the Saudis contacted the Emir of Qatar directly suggests that the tension with Iran is taken very seriously in Riyadh. So the kingdom is ready to build a broader-than-usual consensus on how to deal with Iran.’
The announcement of the summit was followed by what is being looked as a ‘seemingly mysterious act of sabotage earlier this month’. The first was off the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s east coast, which targeted four commercial vessels. Two days later, Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked Saudi Arabia’s East-West pipeline with drones, in an incident that officials in Riyadh said had been ordered by Iran.