Saudi Arabia wants global community to confront Aramco attackers

King Salman stressed that Saudi Arabia will continue to defend its territory and facilities from those who attack the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2019

Saudi Arabia wants global community to confront Aramco attackers

  • Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s West Bank plans

RIYADH: The Cabinet on Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks on two Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais and reaffirmed the Kingdom’s ability to effectively deal with such attacks and their impact.

King Salman, who chaired the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, thanked world leaders and regional and international organizations for expressing solidarity with the Kingdom.

The king said those cowardly attacks not only targeted vital installations of the Kingdom but also pose a threat to global oil supplies and threaten the stability of the global economy.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said the attack is a dangerous escalation not only against Saudi Arabia, but also the world.

Johnson praised the wisdom of the Saudi leadership in dealing with the attacks and demanded a firm international stand towards such criminal acts that should not go unpunished, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince also received a call from French President Emmanuel Macron who reaffirmed his country’s support for the security of the Kingdom. Macron also highlighted the need for the whole world not to show weakness vis-a-vis these attacks, and offered French assistance in their investigation.

Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency that the Cabinet called on the international community to confront the perpetrators of such barbaric attacks.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman briefed the Cabinet on the consequences of the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities, which according to preliminary estimates suspended daily production of 5.7 million barrels of crude and 2 billion cubic feet per day production of gas and resulted in the decrease in production of ethane and natural gas liquids by 50 percent.

The Cabinet said these attacks are an extension of threats posed to the freedom of navigation.

The ministers vowed to defend the Kingdom’s vital assets and called on the international community to take tougher measures to prevent such attacks that threaten the region, security of oil supplies and the global economy.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet said the attacks on Saudi Aramco are an extension of threats posed to the freedom of navigation.

• Saudi Arabia considers Israeli prime minister’s West Bank plans a violation of international laws.

• The Cabinet calls on the international community to stand with the Palestinians.

The king also briefed the Cabinet on the telephone call made to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He reiterated the Kingdom’s condemnation and rejection of the Israeli prime minister’s plans to annex lands from the occupied West Bank.

Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet considered this measure as null and void as a whole and a serious escalation against the Palestinian people and a flagrant violation of the charter of the UN, the principles of the international law, customs, treaties and charters. 

The Cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its legal, moral and humanitarian responsibilities to counter Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.

The Cabinet welcomed the decision taken at the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States held in Jeddah on the invitation of Saudi Arabia. The ministers praised the resolution’s emphasis on the centrality of the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem (Al-Quds) to the Islamic nation, absolute rejection and strong condemnation of the Israeli premier’s statement. 

The Cabinet also commended the statement issued by the Council of the Arab League calling on the international community, especially the Security Council, to shoulder its responsibilities to address Israeli actions, which are against the international laws.

The Cabinet authorized the finance minister and chairman of the board of directors of the General Authority for Zakat and Income — or his deputy — to sign a draft agreement between the Kingdom and Lebanon to avoid double taxation, on income taxes, prevent tax evasion.

The Cabinet also authorized the media minister — or his deputy — to discuss with the Ukrainian side a draft memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the field of media.

The Cabinet approved the appointment of Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi as the CEO of the National Competitiveness Center.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 34 min 29 sec ago

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.