Saudi Arabia Warns Attacks on Oil Targets Threaten Global Economy

Saudi authorities said on Tuesday that terrorist attacks on oil installations in the Kingdom are attacks on the global economy, Arab News reported.

During the weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman, ministers reviewed the steps being taken by the Kingdom to protect Saudi facilities and safeguard global energy security, along with efforts to halt attacks to ensure the stability of energy supplies, the security of oil exports, and the safety of maritime traffic and global trade.

The cabinet said two attacks in recent days that targeted Ras Tanura port and a residential neighborhood in Dhahran were blatant violations of international law and norms.

Authorities in the Kingdom renewed their call for the international community and global organizations “to stand against these actions directed against civilian objects and vital installations.”

Acting Minister of Information Majid Al-Qasabi said: “The cabinet stressed the message of the Kingdom’s permanent delegation to the UN Security Council that called on the international community to assume its responsibility to confront the military hostilities waged by the Iran-backed Houthis toward civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom, and to hold accountable those responsible for these threats that undermine UN efforts to reach a political solution in Yemen, and the credibility of international decisions.”

Ministers also reviewed the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee meeting in Cairo last week, during which developments in the crisis with Iran were discussed along with ways in which interference by Tehran in the internal affairs of Arab countries can be addressed.

The cabinet condemned the Iranian regime’s continued interference in the region and provocative statements by officials about Arab countries. They called on the international community to face up to its responsibilities and take action over the threat the regime in Tehran poses to international peace and security.

Ministers reviewed the outcome of the 155th meeting of Arab League foreign ministers last week in Cairo, which reiterated that the Palestinian issue remains at the heart of Arab priorities.

They affirmed the Kingdom’s interest in and concern for the unity, sovereignty and integrity of Arab lands, rejected any violations that threaten regional stability, supported the pursuit of political solutions to crises, and stressed the importance of promoting joint Arab action.

The cabinet was briefed on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s meetings with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

The ministers thanked the Arab League for awarding the Saudi crown prince the Arab Development Action Shield 2021 in recognition of his efforts to promote a comprehensive approach to development in the Kingdom and the wider Arab world, and in supporting and promoting joint Arab action in all fields to serve the security, stability, growth and prosperity of the region.

The ministers also reviewed the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic, including statistics and data from the national vaccination campaign, which has now expanded to more than 450 sites.

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