Kuwait’s FM calls on armed forces to be on high alert

Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid Al Sabah (AFP)

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid Al Sabah called on the country’s armed forces to be on high alert and prepared to confront any incident that may destabilize the country’s security, state news agency KUNA reported on Tuesday.

The minister also condemned the attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, adding that Kuwait stands behind Saudi Arabia following Saturday’s attacks on Aramco oil facilities.

Over the weekend, drones attacked Saudi Arabian oil facilities – including the world’s largest, Abqaiq. The attacks have taken 5.7 million (crude) barrels per day off the market, accounting for about six percent of global supply.

The Arab coalition had said earlier that they were continuing the investigation with the relevant authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that the initial investigation indicated that the weapons used in the attacks which targeted oil facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais were Iranian.

Multiple reports quoted US intelligence sources as saying that the attack originated from Iran. US President Donald Trump previously said on Monday that it was “looking like” Iran was responsible for the attack.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00