Saudi Cabinet asks international community to end ‘aggressive and subversive Iranian policies’

Workers start repair works on damaged facilities at Saudi Aramco’s plant in Abqaiq on September 20, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 24 September 2019

Saudi Cabinet asks international community to end ‘aggressive and subversive Iranian policies’

  • ‘The use of Iranian weapons is a threat to international peace and security’
  • The attack caused an interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels in crude supplies

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet on Tuesday has called on the international community to put an end to what it described as “aggressive and subversive Iranian policies,” Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported.

In a series of tweets in Arabic, the state news agency quoted the Saudi Cabinet saying “the international community has a great responsibility to put an end to the acts of aggressive and subversive Iranian policies.”

SPA also tweeted, quoting the Saudi Cabinet, that the “sabotage attack on the Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, and the use of Iranian weapons is a threat to international peace and security, and an unjustified aggression on energy supplies to world markets.”

The attack caused an interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels in crude supplies and threatened the world economy.

King Salman on Monday has described the drone and missile attacks on Aramco facilities on Sept. 14 a “cowardly act” aimed at destabilizing the Kingdom and disrupting the world’s energy supply.

Britain, France, Germany and the United States have blamed Iran for the attacks, which Tehran has vehemently denied.

Meanwhile, in the interview with MSNBC, Jordan’s King Abdullah II stressed Jordan’s support for Saudi Arabia following the recent attacks on Aramco’s oil facilities.
The king reaffirmed the distinguished Jordanian-Saudi relations, highlighting that the security of Saudi Arabia is of the utmost importance to Jordan.
“We have an outstanding relationship with the Saudis. We are committed to their defense. Having said that, I think many of us over the past six months, if not more, have been trying to caution escalation and calm things down. And relatively that’s happened across the summer.
“Obviously the attack on Aramco has upped the ante. And this is a very important week in New York, where I think all of us are trying to figure out how to step away from the brink of war,” the king said. 


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.