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Friday 20 September 2019 - 21:04
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France working to Ďreduce escalationí after Aramco attacks: Hariri

France working to Ďreduce escalationí after Aramco attacks: Hariri
Press TV - France is working to ďreduce the escalationĒ that ensued from the recent Yemeni drone attacks against Saudi oil facilities, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Friday.

"The French role is constant and following this matter in order to reduce the escalation that is happening," Hariri said following talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Tensions have escalated in the region after Yemenís popular Houthi Ansarullah movement launched drone attacks against major Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, shutting down about 50 percent of the kingdomís crude and gas production.

Following the attacks, the United States rushed†to point the finger at Iran for the raids without providing any evidence, ignoring an official statement by the Ansarullah in which it claimed full responsibility for the attacks.

Haririís remarks about French efforts to ease tensions came†after Paris on Thursday appeared to dismiss claims by Yemeni force fighting a Saudi invasion†that they were behind the attack.

ďThe Houthis ... announced that they launched this attack. That lacks credibility,Ē French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian†told C News television.

ďThere is an international investigation, letís wait for its results. I donít have a specific opinion before these results,Ē he added.

France, which has a naval base in neighboring Abu Dhabi, had the Jean Bart warship operating in the area at the time of the attack.

Amid heightened tensions in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Thursday there is a need for an impartial investigation into the attacks.

"You have mentioned the need for a thorough and unbiased investigation," he said.

"As far as I understand, efforts are being made in this regard. Itís important to make sure that the process is impartial because unsubstantiated accusations wonít help matters, they are only heightening already existing tensions in the region," the Russian top diplomat said.

The US, which initially made threatening remarks against Iran following the drone attacks, later softened its tone, calling for the peaceful resolution of the crisis.
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