Saudis, Arab states approved US deployment in Persian Gulf: Report
Iran Press TV
Sat May 18, 2019 11:30PM
Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf states reportedly gave the green light to the US deploying its troops and warships to the region to counter what it describes as "imminent threat" from Tehran.
The announcement came Wednesday through the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, citing unnamed senior diplomatic sources.
The deployment of its aircraft carrier strike group was agreed "on the basis of bilateral deals between the US and Arab countries of the Persian Gulf," it read.
Earlier in the day, several unnamed senior US officials were cited as saying that President Donald Trump was not seeking a military clash with the Iran.
Meanwhie, Saudi Arabia's King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has called for an emergency meeting of [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) member states amid escalation of pressure against Iran by the United States.
The comments came after reports suggested the White House planned to send more than 120,000 troops to the Middle East for a potential war with Iran, an allegation later denied by the US president.
Trump has been at odds with the US European allies but supported by the Saudis and Israelis ever since he pulled out last year of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear energy.
The US president has reportedly ordered his administration to avoid a military confrontation with Iran.
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