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Not right thing to blame Iran for Yemeni attacks on Saudi oil sites: Erdogan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo by AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken Iran’s side amid attempts by the US, Saudi Arabia and their allies to hold Tehran responsible for Yemen’s recent raids against key Saudi oil facilities.

In an interview with Fox News broadcast on Wednesday, Erdogan urged caution over blaming Iran for the September 14 air raids on two Aramco installations, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production.

The Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement took credit for the Aramco attacks, saying they were a response to the Saudi-led war on their country. However, Riyadh and Washington — the main sponsor of the war on Yemen — pointed the finger at Iran, without providing any evidence.

“I don’t think it would be the right thing to blame Iran,” Erdogan said, adding that the attacks came from several parts of Yemen.

“If we just place the entire burden on Iran, it won’t be the right way to go. Because the evidence available does not necessarily point to that fact,” he noted.

France, Germany, and the UK also joined the US and Saudi Arabia in pinning the blame for the Yemeni raids on Tehran.

Iran has vehemently rejected accusations of involvement in the attacks as “baseless.”

Elsewhere in his interview, the Turkish president criticized America’s economic pressure against neighboring Iran, saying there is no point in the American sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“We are here today and gone tomorrow. Specifically, we are neighbors with Iran, and I know that sanctions never solved anything,” he said.

Under President Donald Trump, the US has initiated a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, pulling out of the 2015 nuclear accord — officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) —  and re-imposing sanctions against Tehran.

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