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Arab League Chief Tells Iranians to 'Be Careful'

Arab League Chief Tells Iranians to 'Be Careful'

Saturday, 15 June, 2019 - 09:30
FILE PHOTO: Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Arab League's secretary general, gestures as he speaks at the Rome Mediterranean summit MED 2018 in Rome, Italy. Reuters
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The head of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has called on the Iranian regime to "be careful and reverse course."

Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at UN headquarters in New York on Friday that there are conflicting reports about how Thursday's attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman occurred.

"We believe that responsibilities need to be clearly defined," he said. "The facts will be revealed, I am sure, it's only a matter of time."

The US said the Iranians are responsible for the attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

"My call to my Iranian — and I call them Iranian brothers: Be careful and reverse course because you're pushing everybody towards a confrontation that no one would be safe if it happens,” said Aboul Gheit.

Guterres called for an independent investigation into the oil tanker attacks.

"It's very important to know the truth. It's very important that responsibilities are clarified," Guterres told reporters.

"Obviously that can only be done if there is an independent entity that verifies those facts," he said.

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