President Trump says he wants to avoid war with Iran.
Tensions in the Middle East have developed following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The attack on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world’s top exporter.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks and further warned Saudi Arabia that their targets will keep expanding.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promptly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The allegation was rejected by Tehran which said the claims were meant to justify actions against it.
Former U.S. ambassador Gary Grappo questioned that “Saudi Arabia has a great deal of explaining to do on how it could not defend its most critical oil facility from drone attacks at the weekend?”
At the same time Saudi Arabia has guaranteed to confront this terrorist assault. While US President Donald Trump intimated at possible military action after Riyadh concluded its investigation into the attacks.
Saudi Arabia being one of the world’s largest oil exporters, damage to its oil facilities ignited fears of supply disruption around the world.
(Inputs from Al Jazeera)