WASHINGTON, Sep. 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The US president, Donald Trump, said Monday that the United States is willing to help its allies in the Middle East despite the fact that the country does not need the gas and oil they produce.
“We do not need oil and gas from the Middle East and in fact we have very few oil tankers there, but we will help our allies,” he said in a message on his Twitter, after an attack allegedly works by Yemeni Huthi rebels against facilities Aramco oil company on Saturday has affected the supply of crude oil by Saudi Arabia.
The US president has argued that since he arrived at the White House in January 2017 his Administration “has done so well” in energy matters that the United States is “a net energy exporter and the number one energy producer in the world “.
Trump authorized the release of oil from the US Strategic Reserve on Sunday in an amount that is yet to be determined to stabilize the global crude oil market after the attack on several oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
“As a result of the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if necessary, in an amount to be determined but sufficient to keep the markets well supplied “he said in his Twitter account.
“I have also informed all agencies to expedite the procedures for pipelines that are currently in the process of obtaining permits in Texas and other states,” he added.
Regarding the authorship of the attack, of which Washington blames Iran, the president said “there is reason to believe that we know who is responsible.” “The supply of Saudi oil has been under attack. (…) We are waiting for it to be verified and to see what Saudi Arabia says, who believes it is behind this attack and under what conditions we should proceed,” he said.
Riyadh reported Saturday attacks on two facilities of the state oil company Aramco with a total of ten drones, but without causing personal injury. One of the attacked facilities is located in Abqaiq, near Damman, in the Eastern Province, while the other is located in the Hijrat Jurais oil field.