Iran's Rouhani says Aramco attacks were a reciprocal response by Yemen
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities were an act of self-defence by Yemeni rebels. "Yemen is the target of daily bombings... The people of Yemen have been forced to respond, they are only defending themselves," Rouhani told a news conference in Ankara, alongside the leaders of Russia and Turkey.
An attack on Saudi Arabia's Aramco oil facilities was a reciprocal measure by "Yemeni people" to assaults on this country, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday, hours after a Saudi-led coalition said the attacks were carried out with Iranian weapons.
"Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defence ... the attacks were a reciprocal response to aggression against Yemen for years," Rouhani told a joint news conference with his Russian and Turkish counterparts.
The Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls Yemen's capital claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack, which knocked out more than half of Saudi Arabia's oil production and damaged the world's biggest crude processing plant.