UN Secretary General condemns attack on Saudi oil refinery

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 7:13 AM PT — Thursday, September 19, 2019
The secretary general of the United Nations has condemned the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. While speaking at a UN press briefing Wednesday, Antonio Guterres said the attacks were a prime example of “dramatic escalation in the gulf region.”
If tensions do not subside, Guterres warned it could have potentially dangerous consequences. He went on to say there is no bigger threat to peace and security than there is today, adding, he hopes for dialogue during the UN General Assembly with world leaders.

FILE – In this May 7, 2019, file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is photographed during an interview at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
“This is the moment to cool tensions and nowhere is there more important than in the Gulf. This is also the time to promote dialogue and pave the way to political solutions from Libya to Yemen from Syria to Israel-Palestine from Afghanistan to South Sudan. With a very high number of world leaders coming to the United Nations, we have a chance to advance diplomacy for peace.”
— Antonio Guterres, Secretary General – United Nations
Both Saudi and U.S. officials believe Iran is responsible for the attacks. So far, Iran has vowed the country will never hold talks with the U.S.
A Saudi military officer stands near what was described as an Iranian cruise missile used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, during a press conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Though Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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