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Attacks on Saudi Arabia unlikely to stop Trump’s keenness towards Iran 

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Abqaiq petroleum processing facilities and Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia were attacked by a multitude of missiles and rockets last Saturday. Saudi Arabia has said Iran was behind the attacks and has used the incidence to garner empathy from the world, saying the attacks were against the “international community” as it stands to disturb global oil supplies and economies.

The kingdom claims that half of its oil output comes from Abqaiq and Khurais; adding in the same breath that it will tap into reserves to make up for the shortfall. Saudi Arabia has also made assurances that the production at Abqaiq and Khurais will be back to normal by the end of September.

On Tuesday, the spokesperson of the Saudi Defense Ministry Colonel Turki Al-Malki invited international journalists, diplomats and Saudi based social commentators to a presentation in Riyadh. He presented weapons debris as evidence that indeed the rockets and missiles originated from Iran. Speaking in English throughout, Al-Malki insisted that Iran was the culprit, however when probed for an answer by CNN’s Nick Robinson whether it was Iran that had launched the attacks, Al-Malki ignored the question. Robinson repeated his question twice “was it Iran?” the spokesperson dismissed it both times and moved onto another question.

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