EU countries right to blame Iran for Saudi Aramco attacks: Al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs State Minister Adel Al-Jubier discussed the Kingdom’s foreign policy positions and priorities at Chatham House in London on Oct. 21, 2019. (Screengrab)
Updated 21 October 2019

EU countries right to blame Iran for Saudi Aramco attacks: Al-Jubeir

  • The Kingdom is convinced Iran was behind the Sept. 14 attack from evidence collected
  • Al-Jubeir says attack on Aramco facilities reflect Tehran’s hostile intentions in the region

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs State Minister Adel Al-Jubier said the European Union is right in blaming Iran for attacking Aramco’s facilities, stressing that Tehran does not respect the sovereignty of states nor international law.
In remarks made on Monday at a London-based think tank, Al-Jubeir stressed that Saudi Arabia is “convinced through evidence it has (collected) that Iran is involved in the Aramco attacks.”
The Arab coalition fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government in Yemen said an attack on Saudi Arabia on Sept. 14, which triggered the biggest jump in oil prices in almost 30 years, was carried out with Iranian weapons. However, Tehran denies responsibility and the Iranian-backed Houthi militia claimed it was behind the attack.
Following the attack, Britain, Germany and France backed the United States and blamed Iran for the attack on the Kingdom’s oil facilities, urging Tehran to agree to new talks with world powers on its nuclear and missile programs and regional security issues.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also thanked the European nations for their statement blaming Iran, saying, “This will strengthen diplomacy and the cause of peace.”
Al-Jubeir said Iranian arms are being extended to a number of Arab states.
He said the attack on Aramco facilities reflect Tehran’s hostile intentions in the region, adding: “we are convinced that the missiles that had hit the Saudi oil facilities were Iranian.”
Regarding the Iranian nuclear deal, the Saudi minister said that it has “flaws” as it “does not include Iran’s ballistic missile activity and its hostile interventions in regional affairs.”
“We frequently said we do not want a war, but we remain arms folded in the face of such attacks,” Al-Jubeir said.


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

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Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.