Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 4 June 2020

UK urges collective response to Saudi Aramco attacks

Boris Johnson spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his cabinet on Sunday that a Brexit deal was on the horizon but the European Commission said a lot of work still needed to be done. AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that there should be a collective response to the attack on the kingdom's oil sites.

“He expressed the UK’s condemnation of the attacks and said the UK stands by Saudi Arabia and is committed to the country’s security," Mr Johnson's spokeswoman said.

“The two leaders noted the need to establish the facts of what happened and the prime minister reiterated the importance of a collective response.

"He encouraged the Crown Prince to continue working with international partners.”

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke to his Saudi equivalent on Monday about the drone attacks, as well as ministers in Germany, France and the US.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the operation but Washington has blamed Iran, saying there was no evidence the drones had come from Yemen.

Updated: September 18, 2019 08:31 AM