PM Imran Khan calls Saudi Crown Prince, pledges support following drone attack
- Both the leaders also discussed the matters of bilateral and regional concerns and especially the drone attacks that hit Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.
- The strikes that reportedly involved at least 20 drones and the number of cruise missiles forced the kingdom to shut down half of its oil production capacity.
The damage to Saudi oil facilities ignited fears of disruption in the fuel supply around the world. The strikes that reportedly involved at least 20 drones and the number of cruise missiles forced the kingdom to shut down half of its oil production capacity which tantamount to about 5 percent of the world’s global daily oil production.
After the severe attack on Saudi oil facilities Pakistani premier Imran Khan telephoned the Crown Prince and Saudi Defence Minister Muhammad bin Salman Abdul Aziz and offered the country’s full support to the kingdom.
During the telephonic conversation, both the leaders also discussed the matters of bilateral and regional concerns and especially the drone attacks that hit Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.
Pakistan, however, is not the party to the conflict as the country turned down the kingdom’s request to participate in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen back in 2015. Pakistan has time and again reiterated that it will assure the safety of Saudi land and Saudi Arabia also supported the former in its wars against India.
The responsibility for the attack was accepted by the Houthi rebels in Yemen and the group also vowed to continue to inflict similar attacks in the future as well. Iran, who was blamed for the attack and consequent disruption in energy facility, rejected the allegations.
The Houthi rebels, who have been fighting a civil war against the Saudi-led military coalition for more than four years, are alleged to have been supplied with the Iranian weapons by the UN experts but the type of weapons used in the recent attack on Saudi oil supply chain is not yet certain. As per images by Associated Press some 19 strikes were launched out of which 17 hit the target.
In the consequent event of attacks on Aramco, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper also affirmed Washington’s full support to the kingdom. US President Donald Trump also put the blame for the attack on Iran. Trump also warned that the US is prepared for war if deemed necessary and also said that the country doesn’t want any escalations.
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