Arab countries condemn ‘cowardly terrorist attack’ on Saudi oil pumping stations

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Several Arab countries have condemned the attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia, with Egypt adding that coordination with the Kingdom was at the highest level to counter challenges and threats.

Two oil-pumping stations for the East-West pipeline were hit by explosive-laden drones on Tuesday in an attack which Saudi Arabia called "an act of terrorism" that targeted global oil supplies.

Egypt’s foreign ministry expressed in a statement on Tuesday its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in confronting all attempts to undermine its security and stability. The statement from the foreign ministry also said that coordination between the two countries is at the highest level in order to face the common challenges and address terror threats which target national and regional security and stability.

Saudi Arabia condemned both the attacks on the oil stations in the Kingdom and the recent attacks on ships in the Arabian Gulf. Energy Ministry Khalid al-Falih said Saudi Arabia views the attacks as a “cowardly act of terror aimed at destruction.”

Jordan also condemned the “cowardly terrorist attack” in the strongest terms and confirms its stance with Saudi Arabia in the face of any threat to the security and stability of the Kingdom, according to Sufian al-Qudah, spokesman for the Jordanian foreign ministry.

The head of the Arab League condemned the attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi militias against an oil pipeline and other energy infrastructure in Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit says in a statement that the attacks were a “serious threat to the regional and international security, and the world economy.”

He says the Arab League stands by Saudi Arabia to “counter these terrorist threats aimed at stabilizing the region.”

The Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates also issued similar statements of condemnations. Bahrain said the “cowardly terrorist acts target the security and stability of Saudi Arabia and the region and also threatens the safety of the world’s energy supply.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the attacks were not only aimed at the Kingdom but “are aimed at destabilizing the region as a whole,” and called on all to “stand firmly against these acts and those behind them.”

Djibouti strongly denounced the attacks and stressed the need for concerted efforts and strengthening international solidarity to deal with terrorist acts.

“The Republic of Djibouti expresses its strong condemnation and denunciation of the terrorist attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which poses a serious threat to the stability of the region and the safety of energy supplies. It affirms its full solidarity with the Saudi people and its wise leadership against all those who try to violate the security of the Kingdom or its interests,” a statement from Djibouti’s foreign ministry read.

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