Representatives from more than 60 countries – including Israel but not Iran – continued meeting in Bahrain on Tuesday to discuss maritime security following attacks on tankers in the Gulf and Saudi oil installations.
The United States, other Western states, and Saudi Arabia blame the attacks on Tehran, which denies any involvement.
“We all must take a collective stand … to take the necessary steps to protect our nations from rogue states,” Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa told the two-day meeting on Monday.
Although it does not have relations with Bahrain, Israel is attending the gathering.
In June, the Jewish state was represented at a workshop in Manama on the economic component of Washington’s as yet unrevealed Middle East peace plan.
“This meeting comes at a critical moment in history,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a letter to the meeting’s participants.
“The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction [WMD] and their means of delivery, whether by air or sea, poses a serious threat to international peace and security,” he wrote.