Japan believes the Houthis carried out the attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and France promises to send experts to investigate

Japan believes the Houthis carried out the attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and France promises to send experts to investigate

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday France will send experts to Saudi Arabia to help investigate an attack on two oil facilities in the kingdom,.

The Elysee Palace said Macron strongly condemned the attack and assured Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that France is committed to stability in the Middle East.

"In response to a request from Saudi Arabia, the palace said: President Macron has assured the crown prince that France will send experts to Saudi Arabia to take part in investigations aimed at uncovering the source and nature of the attacks."

Diplomats told Reuters after a Macron envoy held talks in Saudi Arabia, the attack that halted half of the kingdom's oil production could harm French diplomacy aimed at avoiding conflict between the United States and Iran.

Japan's new Defense Minister Taro Kono said Wednesday that his country has not received any intelligence to show that Iran played a role in the recent attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

"We are not aware of any information that refers to Iran... "We believe that the Houthis carried out the attack based on the statement in which they claim responsibility."

Japan and Iran have friendly relations even as relations between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated.


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