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Attacks on Aramco facilities show Houthis are Iranian tool: Khalid Bin Salman

May 16, 2019
Deputy  Minister of Defense Prince Khalid Bin Salman
Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid Bin Salman

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid Bin Salman says the Houthi attacks against Aramco facilities show the group is an "Iranian tool" used to expand Tehran’s expansionist agenda.

In a tweet on his official account, Prince Khalid said the attack on the two Aramco pumping stations proved that the Houthi militias “are merely a tool that Iran’s regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region, and not to protect the people of Yemen as the Houthis falsely claim”.

He added that the attacks were ordered by Tehran, and were tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts.

On Tuesday, the Houthi militias claimed responsibility for twin drone strikes on Saudi Arabia’s main East-West oil pipeline. Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the vital conduit for global oil supplies in case of a military confrontation with the United States.

Several Arab countries have condemned the attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia, with Egypt saying coordination with the Kingdom was at the highest level to counter any challenges and threats. — Al-Arabiya English


May 16, 2019
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