Saudi king’s message to Iran
LONDON - During his annual speech to the kingdom’s consultative council, which sets out Saudi Arabia’s domestic and foreign policies, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stressed that his country “is prepared to defend its people with full decisiveness against any aggression.”
King Salman said that Tehran “must realise that it is facing grave decisions” for which it would bear the consequences.
The Saudi monarch also highlighted state oil company Aramco’s rapid recovery in production following attacks on its facilities in September, saying the trend “proved its capability to meet global demands,” and that the kingdom’s oil policy is to provide “secure and reliable” oil supplies.
On September 14, Iran-made drones attacked Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia, resulting in the loss of some 5.7 million barrels per day of output — more than 5% of global oil supply, Reuters reported.
Regional observers expressed surprise at the attack, particularly as the Iranian economy is in shambles because of global sanctions tied to its nuclear programme.