The alleged Iranian-led attacks on the Abqaiq processing plant and the Khurais oil field in 2019, as well as subsequent Houthi strikes over the past seven years have elicited no serious response from the U.
Read: UAE Foreign Policy: Good Neighborliness for Now?Moreover, the Qatari foreign minister had a phone call with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to condemn the Houthi attacks on civil facilities in the UAE.
Idealpolitik: Turkey-Gulf Re-friending after a Decade-Long RivalryRegarding security expectations, Saudi Arabia believes it can re-establish Turkey’s backing for its military campaign in Yemen in light of the latest Houthi escalation which involved hitting Abu Dhabi with missiles and drones.
Since the Houthi rebels usurped control of Sana‘a in 2014, Yemen has been an important flashpoint in this competition for regional influence with Riyadh and Yemeni forces loyal to the UN-recognized Yemeni government waging war against the Iranian-backed insurgents for nearly seven years.
Houthis have greatly benefited from this huge stockpile to fight a long-term battle, and to maintain a superior position in terms of military equipment and firepower compared to the Yemeni national army and the popular resistance groups supported by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Given that the Iranians have refrained from making any concessions so far and have taken advantage of the talks to increase pressure on Riyadh via the Houthis, Saudi Arabia is not optimistic about the prospects of engagement with Tehran.
Cooperation of the Saudi and Emirati decision-makers rose to the occasion during the 2017 Qatar crisis, the marginalization of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Yemen war against the Houthi militia since 2015, and lobbying activities in the U.
Notably, because of increasingly advanced Houthi drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and Shi’a militias stepping up their drone strikes against US military bases in Iraq, Iran-backed groups’ regional conduct is of growing concern to both the US and Saudi Arabia.