Saudi Arabia Calls for ‘Swift Response’ to Oil Supply Chain Threats in Wake of Attack on Tankers

Previously, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of attacking the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, despite Tehran vehemently denying the accusations. Iran has suggested that the blasts were a US false-flag operation carried out in order to intensify pressure on the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih has called for global energy supply chains to be protected following the recent attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the ministry reported on its Twitter page.

“There must be a swift and decisive response to the threat against energy supplies… created by the recent terrorist acts in the Arabian Gulf”, he said at the G20 meeting of energy and environment ministers in Japan.

The minister further added that the kingdom will work towards ensuring the stability of global energy markets.

His words came on the same day as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of being behind the attack on two oil tankers on 13 June that led to their hulls being damaged. The prince added that although his country doesn’t seek war, it won’t hesitate to deal with threats to its “people, sovereignty and vital interests”.

His words echoed accusations issued by US President Donald Trump, who insists that a video released earlier by the US military proves that Iranian forces placed limpet mines on the exterior of the ships. In light of these accusations, the US has sent a destroyer to the Gulf, with Secretary of State…

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