Washington, Sep 19 : Riyadh asked Iraq’s national oil marketing company for 20 million barrels of crude to supply the country's stocks after an attack on Saudi Aramco facilities, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing two sources familiar with the matter.
On Saturday, a drone attack on Saudi Aramco forced the Saudi national oil and gas giant to shut down its Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities, which resulted in more than a twofold drop in the country's net oil output and subsequent worldwide surge in oil prices.
According to the newspaper, Saudi Aramco declined to comment, while Ali Nazar Shatar, the deputy head of crude sales at the Iraqi State Organization for Marketing of Oil, said there was no contract between the organization and the Saudi company.
Although responsibility for the attack was claimed by the military wing of Yemen's Ansar Allah movement, the United States and Saudi Arabia have pointed to Iran as the guilty party. On Wednesday, the Saudi Defense Ministry held a press conference to present what it described as evidence of Iran's involvement. Tehran has refuted the accusations. (UNI)