Fire smoke came from Aramco's factory in Abqaiq after the September 14 attack. Photo: Reuters.

Three European countries accused Iran of attacking the Saudi oil plant

Leaders of Britain, Germany and France issued a joint statement saying that Iran was behind the attack on the Saudi oil plant, calling for resumption of negotiations.

"We clearly recognize that Iran is responsible for this attack. There is no more plausible explanation. We support ongoing investigations to get more details," the statement said. Jointly announced by leaders of three European powers September 23.

This is the first time that the leaders of Britain, France and Germany have publicly supported the US view that Iran is behind the attack on two Aramco oil plants in Abqaiq and Khurais, in northeastern Saudi Arabia. 9/14.

In their joint statement, Britain, Germany and France also called on Iran to return to the negotiating table with the major powers on a long-term framework for the nuclear program as well as issues related to regional security.

The move of the three European countries came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's annual meeting.

Fire smoke came from Aramco's factory in Abqaiq after the September 14 attack. Image : Reuters.

European countries have sought to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington since President Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and intensified sanctions against Iran.

In response to the US's tightening of sanctions, Iran in turn violated the nuclear commitments set out in the JCPOA and suggested that Europe should step up efforts to save Tehran's economy from Washington's sanctions ahead of time. last in October.

Iranian President Rouhani said on 23 September that the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf could cause problems and instability for the region and the people, and vowed to submit to the United Nations a plan to draw peace. jar in the next few days.

Ten unmanned aircraft on July 14 attacked two Aramco oil production facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, Saudi Arabia. Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack, but the US says Iran is the mastermind. Iran immediately countered, calling the US accusations "nonsense", in order to justify further actions against Tehran in the future.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)

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