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Philippines hopes for peace in Middle East amid tension with Iran

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The Philippines urged all parties involved in the attack on the Saudi Petroleum pumping station to make no moves that would escalate conflict in the region.

"The Philippine government calls on all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint from any activity that may escalate, threaten, and jeopardize the political situation in the region," the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued Friday, according to a report on GMA News' Balitanghali on Saturday.

"As our Muslim brethren celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Philippines hopes that the spirit of peace and understanding would prevail," the DFA added.

On May 14, Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones struck oil pumping stations in Riyadh in what it called an act of terrorism.

The attack occurred two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. A Norwegian-registered oil products tanker and a UAE-flagged bunker barge were also attacked.

Saudi Arabia's defense minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, son of King Salman, blamed Iran for the attack which was claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi militia as their handiwork.

Iran was also blamed for the launch of the ballistic missiles targeting Makkah and Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are concerned that Iran is using Houthi rebels for the attacks.

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