News ID: 254915
Published: 0332 GMT June 26, 2019

UAE: No clear proof to blame tanker attacks on any nation

UAE: No clear proof to blame tanker attacks on any nation
REUTERS

The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that no country could be held responsible for attacks last month on four oil tankers off its coast as “clear and convincing evidence” was needed to apportion blame.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have publicly blamed Iran for that attack and a subsequent one on two vessels in the Gulf of Oman. Tehran has denied any involvement, Reuters wrote.

The UAE has submitted the results of an investigation into the first attack, which showed that a state entity was behind them, without naming the country.

If a country was to be identified, "this evidence must be clear and precise and scientific and convincing for the international community," UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told a news conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

REUTERS

The UAE also did not want "more turbulence and ... more worries" in the region.

A war of words between Washington and Tehran has escalated over the tanker attacks and Iran's downing last week of an American drone “in its airspace.”

Sheikh Abdullah also said discussions were underway for a global coalition to protect oil shipping lanes in the region.

Sheikh Abdullah said the project would involve regional and other "(oil) exporting and importing" countries.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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