UK urges collective response to Saudi Aramco attacks

Boris Johnson spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Pimlico Primary school in London on September 10, 2019.  / AFP / POOL / TOBY MELVILLE
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that there should be a collective response to the attack on the kingdom's oil sites.

“He expressed the UK’s condemnation of the attacks and said the UK stands by Saudi Arabia and is committed to the country’s security," Mr Johnson's spokeswoman said.

“The two leaders noted the need to establish the facts of what happened and the prime minister reiterated the importance of a collective response.

"He encouraged the Crown Prince to continue working with international partners.”

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke to his Saudi equivalent on Monday about the drone attacks, as well as ministers in Germany, France and the US.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the operation but Washington has blamed Iran, saying there was no evidence the drones had come from Yemen.