Saudi Arabia says it seeks to avert war, ball in Iran’s court

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  • Saudi Arabia has wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with ‘all strength’, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court.
  • Minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir and the kingdom wants peace and stability.


  • In the event the other side chooses war, the Saudi Arabia will respond with all force and determination and will defend itself and its interests.
  • This comes following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil assets.
  • Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday’s drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group.
  • Two days earlier, four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
  • Iran has denied involvement in either operation. Gulf officials say an investigation into the tanker incident is underway.
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