The Mecca summits

The Arab summit’s final statement warned that Iran’s behaviour “poses a direct and serious threat."
Sunday 02/06/2019
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends the 14th Islamic summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia June 1, 2019. (Reuters)
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends the 14th Islamic summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia June 1, 2019. (Reuters)

The Mecca summits drew the attention of the world to the dangers that Iran’s provocative behaviour constitute for global peace and security. The positions expressed by attending heads of state also showed Tehran the overwhelming rejection of its bellicose activities by leaders of the Gulf countries, the Arab region and the Muslim world.

The Arab summit’s final statement warned that Iran’s behaviour “poses a direct and serious threat” and urged “the international community to take a firm stand to confront Iran and its destabilising acts in the region.”

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was unequivocal as he advocated for a firm stand against Tehran. “The absence of a firm and dissuasive response to Iran’s acts of sabotage in the region has encouraged it to continue and strengthen them in the way we see today,” he told Arab leaders.

In a situation of escalating tensions, Iran is courting regional and global disaster through its activities. It is not Iranian leaders’ double talk or any international complacency about the threats at hand that would offer assurances for countries of the region and to all others that peace is not in jeopardy.

Despite its denials, Tehran was, all experts — and not just US officials — agree, involved in the May 12 attacks on vessels off the Fujairah coast, the May 14 Houthi attacks on Saudi oil installations and the May 19 attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone.

It remains to be seen if Iran can see the risks that its irresponsible behaviour poses for world peace.

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