Saudi king calls for Gulf states unity on security

King Abdullah says security of his country was being targeted, calls for closer unity
Saudi king calls for Gulf states unity on security
Saudi Arabias King Abdullah
By Reuters
Mon 19 Dec 2011 08:52 PM

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Monday the security of his country and that of his Arab neighbours was being targeted, in an apparent reference to regional rival Iran, and called for Gulf Arab states to close ranks in a "single entity".

"No doubt you all know that we are targeted in our safety and security. That is why we have to take responsibility," he said, addressing the opening session of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The world's top oil exporter has accused Iran of backing an alleged plot uncovered in October by the United States to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

That month its Interior Ministry also blamed an unnamed foreign power for instigating a violent attack on a police station by members of the kingdom's Shi'ite minority.

Iran has denied the charges.

King Abdullah also suggested that the GCC needed to adapt to the new circumstances in the Middle East following the uprisings that swept some Arab countries earlier this year.

"We learnt from history and experience not to stand still when faced with our reality," the king said.

"Whoever does that will end up at the back of the caravan trail and will be lost... That is something we will not accept for the sake of our countries, our people, our stability and our security. That is why I ask of you today to move beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity," he added.

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