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The US thanks its European “great friends” for blaming Iran for the attack on Saudi refineries

September 24, 2019

MADRID, Sep 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said Monday that the United States thanks its European “great friends” for blaming Iran for the attack on Saudi refineries.

“The United States thanks our great friends United Kingdom, France and Germany for their clear expression of Iran's exclusive responsibility for the act of war against Saudi Arabia and its impact on the region and the world,” he said through his account on the social network Twitter.

“This will strengthen diplomacy and the cause of peace. We urge all nations to join this condemnation of Iran's actions,” he said.

The Heads of State and Government of the United Kingdom, France and Germany have accused Iran on Monday of the attack on the Saudi refineries of Abqaiq and Jurais on September 14 that halved the daily production of Saudi crude. The joint declaration urges Tehran to agree to negotiate on its nuclear, missile and regional security program, in line with what Washington is asking for.

“It is clear to us that Iran is responsible for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation. We support the ongoing investigations to clarify all the details,” said the three European leaders. “The time has come for Iran to accept a long-term negotiation framework for its nuclear program and for regional security, which includes its missile programs,” they explain.

To do this, they trust the diplomatic efforts that create the conditions for a dialogue with “all parties interested in reducing tensions in the Middle East.” “We call on Iran to participate in that dialogue and refrain from further provocation and escalation,” they say.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron have met on Monday in New York, where they meet to attend the annual session of the UN Security Council.

The three leaders “strongly condemn” the attacks against Saudi refineries and denounce that although they went against Saudi Arabia, “they affect all countries and increase the risk of major conflicts.”