Saudi deputy defence minister says attacks on oil installations 'ordered' by Iran

UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash warned "we will retaliate hard when we see Houthis hitting civilian targets like what happened in Saudi Arabia."
Thursday 16/05/2019
Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi deputy defense minister, departs the Department of State after a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (AP)
Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi deputy defense minister, departs the Department of State after a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (AP)

Saudi Arabia's deputy defence minister, Khalid bin Salman, charged the May 14 attacks on Saudi oil installations were carried out on Iran's orders.

"The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran's regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region," the prince said on Twitter.

He pointed to the possible impact of the attacks on The UN-sponsored peace process in Yemen. "The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts," he said.

The Saudi state minister for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, charged that the Houthis were "sacrificing the need of the Yemeni people for the benefit of Iran."

Key ally, the United Arab Emirates, warned of reprisals.

"We will retaliate and we will retaliate hard when we see Houthis hitting civilian targets like what happened in Saudi Arabia," the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Wednesday.

(Reuters)