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PARIS (Reuters) – France on Thursday looked to brush off claims by Yemeni Houthi rebels that they had been in the abet of an assault on Saudi oil facilities, and mentioned Paris would renew efforts to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran at next week’s U.N. Long-established Assembly.

French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks all the plan via a info convention with Egyptian International Minister Sameh Shoukry (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

France has been scrambling with its European partners to ease tensions between Washington and Tehran for months, but closing weekend’s assault has jeopardized these efforts, diplomats maintain mentioned.

The Trump administration and Saudi Arabia maintain pointed the finger at Iran for the Sept. 14 raids, which hit the realm’s supreme extreme oil processing facility and before the entire lot knocked out half of Saudi output.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi motion has claimed accountability for the assault. Iran, which supports the Houthi neighborhood, has denied any involvement in the assaults.

“The Houthis … announced that they launched this assault. That lacks credibility,” French international minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, told C Data television, including that at this stage Paris would not map conclusions that Iran used to be in the abet of it.

“There could be an world investigation, let’s watch for its results. I don’t maintain a inform belief earlier than these results.”

He mentioned the Saudi investigation would be posthaste.

France’s Armed Forces Ministry spokeswoman mentioned seven of its experts in explosives, surface-to-air defenses and missile trajectory had been sent to Saudi Arabia to support produce an autonomous evaluate of the assault.

France, which has a naval defective in neighboring Abu Dhabi, had the Jean Bart warship working in the role at the time of the assault.

“It is an act of battle. When missiles hit every other country it’s a long way an act of battle, but now we have to return to the precept of de-escalation,” Le Drian mentioned.

He mentioned France would proceed its efforts to defuse the crisis at next week’s U.N. Long-established Assembly. French President Emmanuel Macron used to be scheduled to fulfill Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Trump, he mentioned. Iran has mentioned the Iranian chief has yet to receive a visa for the jog.

“Iran have to return (fully) to the nuclear deal. It is a requirement. It desires the industrial advantages of the accord, but we have to additionally discuss the leisure,” Le Drian mentioned, relating to regional security.

Reporting by John Irish and Tangui Salaun; bettering by Anna Willard