Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned drone strikes on two oil pumping stations on Saudi Arabia's east-west pipeline and extended full support against any threat to stability and security of the kingdom. Tuesday's drone strikes hit two pumping stations on the kingdom's east-west pipeline, which can carry five million barrels of crude per day and provides a strategic alternative route for Saudi exports if the shipping lane from the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
Condemning the drone strikes, the Foreign Office said, "Pakistan expresses its solidarity with Saudi Arabia and reiterates its full support against any threat to stability and security of the kingdom." The foreign office said that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reaffirms its commitment for continued efforts and cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the International community for its elimination.
Yemen's Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the strikes and said they were a response to "crimes" committed by Saudi Arabia and its allies during more than four years of war in support of the government. The drone strikes further increased Gulf tensions after the mysterious sabotage of four ships, two of them Saudi tankers, on Sunday.
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