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United Kingdom, France and Germany accuse Iran of attack on Saudi refineries

September 24, 2019

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.”

The document also refers to the conflict in Yemen and defends the search for “a political solution” to it and reiterates the support of the three countries to the PIAC (Integral Plan of Joint Action, the Iranian nuclear agreement).

Iran has been withdrawing from parts of the agreement in response to the decision of the United States, which abandoned the pact a year ago, and the lack of compensation for the other signatories to this measure. “Once again, we urge Iran to reverse its decisions to reduce compliance with the agreement and fully comply with its obligations.”