The government of Pakistan condemned the drone attacks on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to a Foreign Office (FO) statement on Wednesday.
The attacks forced Riyadh to shut down one of the major oil pipelines ratcheting up Gulf tensions after a mysterious sabotage of several tankers.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the drone attacks on oil pumping stations in eastern province of Saudi Arabia and expresses its solidarity with Riyadh,” the communique reads.
It further adds that Islamabad reaffirms its full support against any threat to stability and security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reaffirms its commitment for continued efforts and cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the international community for its elimination,” the FO statement reads.
Houthi rebels said they had targeted vital installations in Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against them.
Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al Falih said that Saudi Aramco had “temporarily shut down” the pipeline to “evaluate its condition” but added that oil production and exports had not been interrupted.
The minister also said the incident was an “act of terrorism… that not only targets the kingdom but also the security of oil supplies to the world and the global economy”.
While Houthi spokesperson Mohammed Abdulsalam tweeted that the attacks were “a response to the aggressors continuing to commit genocide” against Yemenis.
In a statement, the Houthis warned of other “unique operations… if the aggressors continue with their crimes and blockade”.
“We are capable of executing unique operations on a bigger and wider scale in the hearts of the enemy countries.”