September 18, 2019
King Salman stressed that Saudi Arabia will continue to defend its territory and facilities from those who attack the Kingdom. (SPA)
By Arab News
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.