UAE: Regional Countries Must Be Part of Nuclear Deal with Iran for it to Succeed

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 - 18:00
Asharq Al-Awsat

The United Arab Emirates stressed on Wednesday the need to include regional countries with a nuclear deal with Iran for it to be successful.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that circumstantial and compelling evidence is needed to apportion blame for the last month's attacks on four oil tankers in the country's territorial waters.

"The UAE is not pointing fingers of accusation at any state for the recent attacks on four oil tankers in the country’s territorial waters since clear, scientific and convincing evidence is required to do that,” he said from Moscow where he held talks with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“Should any other country have clearer evidence, the international community would certainly take it into consideration," he added, according to the UAE news agency (WAM).

"We are living in a turbulent region. A region that is crucial to the world and we don’t desire more volatilities and tensions, as we rather are seeking more stability and development," he stressed.

"We will continue our commitment to professionalism on this issue. We have already presented the findings of our first probe to the Security Council. The three states concerned with the issue, namely UAE, Norway and Saudi Arabia, issued their statement which has also been sent to the International Maritime Organization,” Sheikh Abdullah stated.

“We defined the attacks as aggressions that were most probably carried out by actors with a considerable amount of intelligence and technical expertise."

Lavrov, for his part, said that the dispute between Washington and Tehran can be resolved through dialogue, which is the only way to settle conflicts in the Middle East.

He stated Moscow was keen on easing tensions in the Arabian Gulf.

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