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Gargash: UAE to Show Restraint after Tanker Sabotage Attack

Gargash: UAE to Show Restraint after Tanker Sabotage Attack

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 - 19:15
UAE State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The United Arab Emirates will show restraint after attacks on oil tankers off its coast and is committed to de-escalation during a “difficult situation” caused by Iranian behavior in the region, said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Wednesday.

He did not speculate about who was behind Sunday’s sabotage acts on four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, near Fujairah emirate while an investigation was underway and due to be completed within days.

“We need to emphasize caution and good judgment. It is easy to throw accusations but it is a difficult situation, there are serious issues and among them is Iranian behavior,” he said, mentioning concern about Iran’s missiles and regional policy.

Gargash told reporters in Dubai that the attack took place in UAE territorial waters but declined to comment on whether the OPEC producer and regional trading hub was beefing up security after the incident.

Iran has for a long time been undermining stability in the region, he said, and the United States’ commitment to its allies in the region is “very strong”.

“US sanctions on Iran are biting, and biting in a very effective way,” he added.

The attacks took place against a backdrop of US-Iranian tension following Washington’s decision this month to try to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero and to beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to Iranian threats.

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