Attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities spark regional, international condemnation

Several countries have condemned the drone attacks that targeted two Saudi Aramco facilities. (File photo: Reuters)

The drone attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities on Saturday, sparked regional and international condemnation.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday condemned the drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and called on those involved to prevent escalation.

Germany issued a strong statement on Sunday condemning the attack of oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, and said: “There is no justification for such an attack on Saudi Arabia’s civilian and critical infrastructure.”

The country’s Federal Foreign Office issued the following statement: “Germany strongly condemns the attack on September 14 on two oil facilities in Khurais and Abqaiq, for which the Houthis have claimed responsibility. There is no justification for such an attack on Saudi Arabia’s civilian and critical infrastructure. It heightens tensions and is the very opposite of the de-escalation which we so urgently need in the region. We urge those responsible to desist from such attacks.”

On Sunday, Sudan strongly denounced and condemned the terrorist attack on two Saudi Aramco plants in Abqaiq and Khurais.

In a statement issued by Sudan’s foreign ministry, Sudan strongly condemned this terrorist attack as a heinous criminal act violating all international laws, according to Saudi Press Agency.

Sudan affirmed its stand and solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in taking all measures to maintain its security and stability, calling upon the international community to exert great efforts to address these attacks which undermine regional and international peace and security.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned in a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday the “terrorist attacks” which hit two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen strongly condemned the “cowardly terrorist attack” on two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais oilfield.

The Yemeni foreign ministry said in a statement that the Yemeni legitimate government and people stand with Saudi Arabia and that “such terrorist acts constitute a serious threat not only to the Kingdom but to the security and stability of the region as a whole.”

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom on Sunday condemned the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, calling them an attempt to disrupt global oil supplies.

“This was a reckless attempt to damage regional security and disrupt global oil supplies. The UK condemns such behavior unreservedly,” Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Twitter.

He added that he had earlier discussed the attacks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo on Saturday had blamed Iran for the latest attack on Saudi Aramco, calling it “an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”

France also condemned the drone attacks that targeted two Saudi Aramco facilities, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

“France firmly condemns yesterday's attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil installations,” the ministry said in a statement that also expressed “complete solidarity” with Saudi Arabia.

“These actions can only worsen regional tensions and risk of conflict,” the French statement added. “It is imperative that they stop.”

The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on Saturday also condemned the attacks.

On the official Twitter page of the US Mission to Saudi Arabia, Abizaid said, “The US strongly condemns today’s drone attacks against oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais. These attacks against critical infrastructure endanger civilians, are unacceptable, and sooner or later will result in innocent lives being lost.”

The UAE’s foreign ministry also condemned in a statement on Saturday the drone attacks, adding that “any threat to the safety and security of the Kingdom is also a threat to the UAE’s safety and security,” and that the attacks are “evidence of terrorist groups’ attempts to undermine security and stability in the region.”

Bahrain has strongly condemned the drone attacks, and has said that the country stands with Saudi Arabia against terrorism and everything that threatens its security.

The Kuwaiti foreign ministry expressed its condemnation on Saturday, and called on the international community to double its effort to counter Iran-backed Houthi militia attacks.

Egypt also condemned the drone attacks, stressing it’s full solidarity with the Kingdom in preserving its security and confronting terrorism.

The Jordanian foreign ministry considered the drone attack on two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais oilfield, a dangerous escalation which increases tension in the region.

Lebanon also condemned the attacks on Sunday, stating that this was a dangerous escalation of regional tensions and announcing its solidarity with the Kingdom.

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Meanwhile, the UK Foreign Affairs Minister Andrew Murrison says “Houthis must stop undermining Saudi Arabia’s security by threatening civilian areas and commercial infrastructure.”

The UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths expressed concern over the drone attacks that targeted two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais oilfield, calling upon all parties to exercise restraint and avoid any incidents that threaten regional security.

Griffiths is “extremely concerned about the drone attacks... today against two major oil facilities in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” a statement said, according to AFP.

“The recent military escalation is extremely worrying,” it added.

Also the Arab League strongly condemned the Houthis drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco facilities.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the drone attacks that targeted two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais oilfield.

Algeria has strongly condemned the drone attack.

Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ambassador Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Sharif said in a statement: “We express our condemnation of all that would undermine the capabilities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” affirming his country’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia against this terrorist attack, according to a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Also, Afghanistan has strongly condemned the drone terrorist attack, stressing that the attack is contrary to international conventions and human rights that ensure the protection of oil facilities.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the drone attack, reiterating Islamabad position, support and full solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threat to its security and territorial integrity.

The European Union's Mogherini said the attack poses a real threat to regional security, adding that it undermines ongoing work at de-escalation and dialogue.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior said on Saturday that drone attacks caused fires at two Saudi Aramco facilities, adding that the blazes are under control.

One of the facilities is located in Abqaiq, near Dammam in the Kingdom's Eastern Province. The other facility is located in the Hijrat Khurais oilfield.

-with Agencies

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