Kingdom doesn't want war: Saudi diplomat

Yemenis carry a body that was recovered in the rubble of a destroyed building following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on May 16, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

A top Saudi diplomat says the kingdom does not want war but will defend itself, amid a recent spike in tensions with archrival Iran.

Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, spoke, a week after four oil tankers were targeted in an alleged act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and days after Iran-allied Yemeni rebels claimed a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the pipeline attack on Iran. Gulf officials say an investigation into the tanker incident is underway.

A-Jubeir told reporters: "We want peace and stability in the region, but we won't stand with our hands bound." Ministers from major oil-producing countries were to meet in Saudi Arabia later Tuesday. 

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