Saudi Arabia asks world community to confront Aramco attackers, King Salman thanks for international support

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RIYADH: The Saudi 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. 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.

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.