ABU DHABI ø Saudi Arabia has moved to assuage foreign energy firms
that the kingdom can protect them from Al Qaida attack.
Saudi Oil Minister Prince Ali Al Naimi met senior Western executives at
Aramco headquarters in Dhahran in the aftermath of an Al Qaida attack in
nearby Khobar on Sunday. Khobar houses many of the foreign executives who
operate in Saudi Arabia's oil sector.
"No Saudi Aramco facilities or personnel were affected by the incidents
and normal operations continue at all of the company's installations," Saudi
Aramco, a state-owned company, said. "The company is committed to carrying
out the Saudi Arabian government's policy of providing a reliable supply of
oil to meet world energy demand."
In a statement, Aramco said its priority would be to "ensure the
security of its employees, dependants, facilities and communities, by
working closely with Saudi government authorities." The company said it has
employed more than 5,000 guards to protect Aramco facilities.