Saudi Energy Ministry denounces hostile attack against Bahrain oil pipeline

Petroleum pipelines leading to the Bahrain Petroleum Co (Bapco) refinery in Ma'ameer village, south of Manama, is seen in this August 22, 2017 photo. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/File)
Updated 12 November 2017

Saudi Energy Ministry denounces hostile attack against Bahrain oil pipeline

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's Energy Ministry said Saturday pumping of oil to Bahrain had been suspended after a terrorist attack on a major pipeline.
The ministry is stepping up security precautions at its own facilities after the incident, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported in a tweet.
"The attack on the pipeline ... was followed by the suspension of the pumping of oil to the State of Bahrain," said the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.
"The ministry also confirmed that it has increased its security precautions at all its facilities, and that all these facilities enjoy the highest levels of protection and safety," it added in a statement.
The ministry also denounced the hostile act targeting the pipeline in Buri village, some 15 km from Bahrain’s capital Manama.
The ministry lauded the capabilities of Bahraini authorities in dealing with the incident in record time, stressing its readiness to support the energy sector in Bahrain, according to SPA.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.