US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempted to cool tensions with rival Tehran on Thursday, saying Washington wanted a “peaceful solution” following suspected Iranian strikes on Saudi oil infrastructure.
Despite blaming Iran for attacks on two sites in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday – describing it as an “act of war” – Pompeo was keen to follow President Donald Trump’s lead and cool tensions.
“We’d like a peaceful resolution. I think we’ve demonstrated that,” he told reporters. “I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it the same way.”
Pompeo has met Gulf leaders in the UAE and Saudi Arabia to discuss the alleged drone and cruise missile strikes on the kingdom.
He said that there was “enormous consensus in the region” that Iran carried out the attacks, despite Iran insisting Houthi rebels carried out the strikes from Yemen.
The US secretary of state flew out to the Gulf on Wednesday, where he met Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de-facto ruler who has said the assault poses a “real test” of global will.
Pompeo concluded that the US was intent on finding a way out of the confrontation.