EU calls for establishing facts behind Saudi oil attack
ANKARA: The EU on Monday reiterated that it is important to establish facts behind the drone attacks on two facilities of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Aramco. “[…] It is important to clearly establish the facts and then determine responsibility for this deplorable attack. This remains our position,” EU’s Foreign Affairs and Security Policy spokeswoman MajaKocijancic said at a news briefing.
Kocijancic noted the EU released a statement on Sunday saying that “the attacks pose a real threat to regional security”. “At the same time, we repeat our call for maximum restraint and de-escalation in these tense times,” she added. The spokeswoman said the attacks undermine ongoing work at de-escalation and dialogue. On Monday, the Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Thousands of Yemenis were killed and pushed the country to the brink of famine. Houthis, whose mid and long-range ballistic missiles are usually intercepted by the Saudi air defense systems, used to target, in recent months, certain strategic parts of Saudi Arabia with armed drones. (AA)