Morocco supports holding of Arab extraordinary summit after Gulf tensions

Morocco expressed support for calls by Saudi Arabia to hold an extraordinary Arab summit on May 31 in Mecca, Moroccan media said quoting an official source.

“Morocco has a long experience in mediation and good offices and will spare no effort to defend Arab and Muslim causes,” the source was quoted by le360.ma as saying.

The same source confirmed Morocco’s participation in the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on June 1 in Mecca.

On May 19, Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the region after recent attacks on oil carriers.

Lately, four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks off the UAE’s Fujairah, located at the crucial entrance to the Gulf.

Subversive acts also targeted two oil pumping stations in Al-Dawadmi and Afif governorates in Riyadh region.

King Mohammed VI had condemned as despicable the terrorist attacks that targeted vital Saudi energy facilities.

Tensions have soared in the Gulf following the attacks, with the United States deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers there over alleged threats from Iran.

Iran has repeatedly threatened to prevent shipping in Hormuz in case of a military confrontation with the United States, which has imposed sanctions on Tehran in recent months.

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