Pakistan Assures Full Support To Riyadh After Saudi-Aramco Attacks

Pakistan PM Imran Khan called Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and discussed the hostile drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

During the telephone conversation, PM Khan expressed Pakistan’s support for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and said Islamabad fully stand with Riyadh in all circumstances.

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Saudi Condemns Attack

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) KSA denounces the attack on its oil facilities, which threatens international peace and security, and affirms that the primary target of this attack is global energy supplies.

Saudi Arabia expresses its appreciation for the positions taken by the international community that have condemned and denounced this act. KSA calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behaviour that threatens the global economy.

As the investigations are ongoing, KSA will invite UN and international experts to view the situation on the ground and to participate in the investigations.

Riyadh will take the appropriate measures based on the results of the investigation, to ensure its security and stability. KSA affirms that it has the capability and resolve to defend its land and people, and to forcefully respond to these aggressions.

Who Attacked Aramco?

In an update on Monday evening, a Saudi military spokesman said initial investigations show Iranian weapons were used in the weekend attack on the country’s oil installations.

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Though Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks Saturday, saying they launched 10 drones that caused the extensive damage, this is under debate. The US released satellite images overnight that it says contain evidence showing that the attacks came from either Iraq or Iran.
A satellite image shows an apparent drone strike on an Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia September 14, 2019.Image Credit: Reuters

Colonel Turki al-Malki also told reporters in Riyadh on Monday that the early morning strikes on Saturday were not launched from Yemen as claimed by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels who are at war with Saudi Arabia. Al-Maliki did not elaborate further and said the results of the investigation would be made public to the media when complete.

Trump’s Response

In his latest tweet, Donald Trump, said, “Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their “airspace” when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?”

Earlier, Donald Trump said that Washington believes it knows who was behind the attacks on Saudi oil facilities and is “locked and loaded,” but is waiting for verification and for a Saudi assessment of responsibility before deciding how to proceed.

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is the reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!” Trump Tweeted.