Thursday, 17 Oct 2019

King Salman: Aramco Attack Is a Serious Escalation And We Will Take Appropriate Measures To Ensure The Security Of The Kingdom

BAGHDAD, Saudi King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz, said that the attack on the vital facilities of the "Aramco" is a serious escalation, and announced that appropriate measures will be taken to ensure the security of the Kingdom.

King Salman on Friday telephoned Chinese President Xi Jinping, who "strongly condemned the terrorist attack on two Aramco factories in Abqaiq and Khurais," the official SPA news agency reported. Added It is a serious violation of the security and stability of the Kingdom and the impact on the global energy market. "

The Chinese president stressed, according to SPA, " the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, and China stands firmly with the Kingdom, and supports the security and stability of the Kingdom and its endeavors to ensure its security and territorial integrity. He expressed his country's appreciation of the positive measures taken by the Kingdom to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.

For his part, the Saudi king thanked the Chinese president for "condemning such criminal acts, which represent a serious escalation and a major threat to the security and stability of the region and oil supplies in the world market."

"After completing the investigation into the attacks on Aramco factories, the Kingdom will take appropriate measures to preserve its security and stability," King Salman said, without mentioning the nature of these measures.

Saudi Arabia was attacked on September 14, with a large-scale attack on the oil facilities of the giant "Aramco" in the east of the country, the Abqaiq oil refinery and Khurais, which the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi group Ansar Allah claimed its responsibility, and said the operation was carried out with 10 drones.

Saudi Energy Minister Abdul Aziz bin Salman announced that the attack resulted in the suspension of production of 5.7 million barrels of oil per day, more than 50% of the total production in the country, and the United States accused Iran of being behind the attack, which was strongly denied by the Iranian government.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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