May 19, 2019 / 12:12 AM / 3 months ago

Saudi Arabia says does not want war but ready to respond with 'all strength'

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during a news conference with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will do its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength and determination,” following last week’s attacks on Saudi oil tankers and installations, a senior official said on Sunday.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir, speaking at a news conference, accused Iran of seeking to destabilise the region and urged the international community to take responsibility to stop the Islamic republic from doing so.

Reporting by Marwa Rashad and Stephen Kalin; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; editing by Diane Craft

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