India, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia have joined military exercises in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea as a result of ongoing tensions between the two countries, the kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.
The military exercises, which began on Thursday, will focus on the security of the two allies and the defense of their territorial integrity, the ministry said in a statement.
Saudi Arabia has also called for an end to “the violence, chaos and insecurity” in the region, in a speech delivered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh last month.
The Saudi government has previously expressed concern over tensions in the Gulf and its neighbors.
In the past few months, Saudi warplanes have repeatedly attacked Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, killing dozens of them, while Saudi-led forces have also launched an offensive in Yemen to retake the capital, Sanaa, which was under the control of the Houthis since 2014.
The kingdom has accused the Houthi fighters of carrying out a series of attacks on its territory, including on the kingdom.
The kingdom also accused Iran of carrying a warhead on its Revolutionary Guards’ missile force in 2016.