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Arab World Condemns Sabotage of Vessels off UAE Coast

Arab World Condemns Sabotage of Vessels off UAE Coast

Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 05:30
The Arab world slams the sabotage attack off the coast of the UAE. (Reuters)
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The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned “sabotage operations” of four commercial vessels near UAE territorial waters on Sunday.

That “would increase tensions and conflict in the region and jeopardize the interests of their peoples,” Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the GCC secretary general, said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia denounced the attack that aims to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit condemned the attacks as "criminal acts."

He said in a statement on Monday that these acts are a "serious violation of the freedom and integrity of trade and maritime transport routes."

He stressed that the Arab League stands by the UAE and Saudi Arabia "in all measures taken to safeguard their security and interests."

Egypt’s foreign ministry on Sunday condemned the attacks and said it stood by the UAE.

In a statement, the ministry said it “condemned all acts that would harm the national security of the UAE” and “stressed the solidarity of the Egyptian government and people with the UAE in confronting all the challenges it may face.”

Bahrain strongly condemned the development, which it said was aimed at threatening the security and stability of marine navigation.

The Foreign Ministry underlined its solidarity with the UAE in all the measures it takes to preserve its security and safeguard its interests.

It also urged the international community to assume its responsibility, guarantee the safety of marine navigation and confront all attempts to undermine international peace and security.

Kuwait slammed the attack as a “criminal act that blatantly violates international law and escalates tensions in the region.”

An official source at the Foreign Ministry called for immediate action by the international community to put a stop to such threats to marine navigation, world trade routes and global energy supplies.

Kuwait stands by the UAE and completely supports all measures it takes to security its stability and safety of its territories, it added.

Jordan condemned “in the strongest terms” the sabotage attack.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated the Kingdom’s constant rejection of any criminal act that threatens the security and safety of marine navigation in the Arabian Gulf.

Amman stands by the UAE in confronting any attempt to undermine its security and stability, he added.

Four commercial vessels were targeted by "sabotage operations" near the territorial waters of the UAE without causing casualties, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

The incident occurred near the UAE emirate of Fujairah, it said.

The ministry said it had launched an investigation in coordination with international authorities.

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