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Jordan condemns attack on Saudi stations, voices ‘absolute support’

By JT - May 15,2019 - Last updated at May 15,2019

AMMAN — Jordan on Tuesday condemned the reported explosive-laden drone attack that struck two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, affiliated with oil giant Aramco.

A Foreign Ministry statement denounced the terrorist attack as “cowardly”, reiterating Jordan’s support to Saudi Arabia.

Quoted in the statement, Ministry Spokesperson Sufian Qudah said that the Kingdom “strongly condemns" the attack, describing it as an "act of terrorism”. 

He reaffirmed Jordan’s “absolute support” to Saudi Arabia in confronting any threat to its security and stability.

“Any targeting of Saudi security compromises regional and international security,” Qudah said.

He stressed that Jordan stands by any measures taken by Saudi Arabia to safeguard its security and combat terrorism in all its forms.

Qudah reiterated that the security of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Gulf states is one. 

He also expressed confidence in Saudi Arabia’s ability to maintain its security and stability, according to the statement.

Commenting on the attack, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Falih said on Tuesday the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil output or exports of crude and petroleum products, Reuters reported.

However, he added, Aramco had halted oil pumping in the pipeline while the damage was evaluated and the stations were repaired, according to Reuters.

The attack follows one that took place two days earlier, sabotaging oil tankers off the coast of the UAE, including Saudi vessels.

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