France, United Kingdom, Germany Denounce Iran for Saudi Attack
Sept. 24, 2019 (EIRNS)—The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom blamed Iran yesterday for the Sept. 14 attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on oil facilities on Saudi territory on Sept. 14th, 2019 in Abqaiq and Khurais, and we reaffirm in this context our full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its population. It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation. We support ongoing investigations to establish further details.”
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The three countries in their function as signers to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran, conclude:
“These attacks may have been against Saudi Arabia but they concern all countries and increase the risk of a major conflict. They underline the importance of making collective efforts towards regional stability and security, including finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The attacks also highlight the necessity of de-escalation in the region through sustained diplomatic efforts and engagement with all parties....
“We are committed to continuing our diplomatic efforts to create conditions and facilitate dialogue with all relevant partners interested in de-escalation of tensions in the Middle East, in the interest of preserving international peace and security, building upon our joint declaration on July 14, 2019 and G7 conclusions adopted in Biarritz. We urge Iran to engage in such a dialogue and refrain from further provocation and escalation.”
The full statement in English is posted to the website of the French Embassy in Washington.