|15 September, 2019

EU warns of instability after Saudi oil attacks

"Yesterday's attack by drones on two Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia poses a real threat to regional security," a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said i

An EU flag tied to a lamp post outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain February 7, 2019.

An EU flag tied to a lamp post outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain February 7, 2019.

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BRUSSELS- The European Union warned on Sunday of a "real threat to regional security" in the Middle East after attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting global energy supplies and for which Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility.

"Yesterday's attack by drones on two Aramco oil facilities in Saudi Arabia poses a real threat to regional security," a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

"At a time when tensions in the region are running high, this attack undermines ongoing work at de-escalation and dialogue," she said, calling for "maximum restraint and de-escalation" but without going into further details.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Dale Hudson) ((robin.emmott@thomsonreuters.com; +32 2 287 6835; Reuters Messaging: robin.emmott.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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