While the delegations present at the Algiers summit tried, on November 1 and 2, to adopt a common position on the disputes between Iran and certain Arab countries – and in particular to agree on the use of the term ” interference” and the direct mention of Ankara and Tehran in the final declaration – the tension has risen several notches between Riyadh and Tehran. Saudi Arabia and its American ally say they fear an imminent attack by Iran on Saudi territory, the target of which could be energy infrastructure.
Saudi intelligence services are the origin warning signs, indicates the Wall Street Journal, who revealed the information. Several other countries in the region have reportedly raised their alert level.
“We will not hesitate to act”
“We remain in constant contact with the Saudis via military and intelligence networks,” a White House spokesman told a press conference on November 2. “We will not hesitate to act to defend our interests and our partners in the region”, continued the representative of the American National Security Council.
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Broken since 2016, bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival seemed to be heating up in recent months. Several rounds of talks have already taken place between the two powers. The Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs even declared last July that he hoped that the negotiations would lead to “a normalization of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran”. On July 23, Hossein Amir Abdollahian also announced the forthcoming official meeting between the two heads of diplomacy in Baghdad.
But this hope of a resumption of dialogue between the two states has fizzled. In October, Hossein Salami, Commander of the Guardians of Revolution, threatened Saudi Arabia with a “warning” to the Saud family. In question, its proximity to the Jewish state: “You lean on Israel which is collapsing, and that signals the end of your reign”
Cross sanctions between the United States and Iran
These tensions are also reflected in Iran’s relations with the United States, longtime allies of the Saudi monarchy. On October 26, Washington announced that several Iranian officials, as well as companies, would face new economic sanctions due to the violent crackdown on demonstrations challenging the regime.
By way of retaliation, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs in turn announced, on November 2, parallel measures against American persons and entities, in the forefront of which the head of the central command of the American army (Centcom), Michael Corella , as well as the CIA, accused by Tehran of having “carried out activities against human rights” and of “interfering in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran”. The sanctions provide in particular for the prohibition of entry into Iranian territory, and the “freezing of their property and assets” in the pays.