Hariri Expresses Lebanon Solidarity with KSA after Attack on Aramco
Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday condemned the drone attacks that targeted Saudi oil giant Aramco, stressing Lebanon’s solidarity with the kingdom.
In a statement, Hariri said the development is a “dangerous escalation that threatens to expand the zone of conflicts in the region.”
“This aggression puts great responsibilities on the shoulders of the international community in terms of deterring all the tools of aggression and terrorism that are invading the Arab countries and subjecting regional stability to further entanglement in roving conflicts,” the premier added.
“We in Lebanon stress our solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and consider the aggression against it a chapter of a wave that is targeting the Arab Gulf and regional and international security,” Hariri went on to say, urging all Arabs to “show solidarity in order to foil the threats that are surrounding our countries.”
The drone strikes Saturday on Aramco's processing plants in Abqaiq and Khurais knocked 5.7 million barrels per day off production, close to six percent of global crude supplies.
The disruption represents half the output of the kingdom, which is the world's biggest oil supplier.
Yemen's Iran-aligned Huthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran, saying there was no evidence it was launched from Yemen.
"Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," Pompeo said.