Saudi Arabia wants to involve United Nations experts in the investigation of drone strikes on its oil facilities. These and other international experts should get an idea of the situation on the ground, the Foreign Ministry said in Riyadh. It also reaffirmed the assessment that the attacks were carried out over the weekend with Iranian weapons.
Last Saturday, two central plants belonging to the Saudi Arabian state-owned company Aramco were attacked: the largest oil refinery in Churais and the second largest oil field in the country in Abkaik. More than half of the country's oil production was destroyed. The daily volume of Saudi oil production plummeted by an estimated 5.7 million barrels of crude oil, equivalent to more than five percent of world supply. Analysts spoke of an attack on the heart of the Saudi oil industry. Oil prices jumped.
The attacks initially claimed the Yemeni Houthi rebels for themselves. However, like the US, the Riyadh government also sees Iran as the person responsible for the attacks.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry spoke of an "unprecedented act of aggression and sabotage" and of a "monstrous crime that threatens international peace and security." Accordingly, initial investigations have shown that Iranian weapons were used in the attacks. Now it will be clarified who the perpetrator is - with the help of the UN experts.
On the basis of these findings, the ministry said, the Kingdom will take appropriate action to ensure its security and stability. Saudi Arabia has the "capacity and determination" to defend its country and its citizens and to "react energetically to these aggressions."
Röttgen demands from Europeans greater commitment
The CDU foreign politician Norbert Röttgen warned of a new war on the Persian Gulf. The situation was at a point where one could stumble into a war, said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag on Deutschlandfunk. "She is very close to war". However, neither Iran, nor the US and Saudi Arabia would be interested in a war.
Röttgen called on the Europeans for a greater political engagement in the region. He suggested a European initiative for a kind of conference on security and cooperation in the Middle East.