Saudi Arabia Says Committed To India’s Energy Security Needs

BP World Bureau | Sep 22 2019 08:45:53 PM

Saudi Arabia has recently witnessed the biggest ever attack on its oil facilities but the kingdom said it is committed to meet India's energy security needs.

Saudi Ambassador Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati acknowledged India’s support. He said Saudi will invite United Nations and international experts to view the situation on the ground and to collaborate in the investigation into the attacks.

He said Saudi Arabia has the capability and resolve to defend itself and to forcefully respond to "these aggressions", and appreciated India's support and solidarity to Riyadh following the strikes which, he asserted, were "against the international community as a whole".

A series of drone and missile attacks on oil facilities of Saudi Aramco, the country's national petroleum company, on September 14 knocked out half of its daily oil production, severely impacting the global oil market and triggering fresh tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The envoy was asked by reporters whether Saudi Arabia will increase oil supply to India to address the shortfall due to curb on import of oil from Iran. To this question the envoy said Saudi is committed to India's energy security and will meet any shortfall that may arise due to disruptions from other sources.

Yemen's Houthi terror group has taken responsibility for the biggest-ever attacks on Saudi oil facilities which severely hurt the global oil supply. Saudi Arabia and its ally, the US, have alleged that Iran was responsible for the attacks, a claim which Tehran has denied.

He said as one of the world's leading energy producers, Saudi Arabia will continue working constructively with other producers within and outside OPEC to maintain market stability, thus protecting all the interests of producers and consumers alike.

OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) is a 14-nation powerful bloc of oil-producing countries.

He said initial investigations have indicated that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian, adding probe was going on to determine the source of the strike.

The envoy said Saudi Arabia will continue working with its partners and allies in stabilising the security of the region.

India's relations with Saudi Arabia have been on an upswing over the last few years based on burgeoning energy ties besides cooperation in several other areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Riyadh in 2016 put bilateral ties on a new trajectory.