UAE: Tankers attack executed by parties with intelligence capabilities

MOSCOW, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said on Wednesday that sabotage operations against oil tankers in the Gulf region were carried out by parties with significant intelligence capabilities.

“We can’t point the blame at any country because we don’t have evidence,” he said at a news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, calling on parties that have “clear, scientific and convincing” evidence to inform the international community.

“We are in a region that is tense and important for the world and we don’t want more tension,” he said.

In response to a question on the discussions held by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about forming an international alliance, bin Zayed underlined expanding international participation to protect ships during the passage of the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Arabian Sea, saying that this task requires participation from countries exporting and importing oil, adding that any activity in this area aims to protect navigation.

On another point, Lavrov said the talks dealt with developments in the Gulf region and the whole region including Syria, Libya, Yemen and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Lavrov recalled the Russian initiative to establish a security system in the Gulf region with the participation of the countries of the region and Iran, as well as to provide regional and international support through the League of Arab States (LAS), the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Russia opposes Washington and Tel Aviv to limit the Syrian issue with an anti-Iranian campaign, he said adding that this trend will not gain Moscow’s support because it is incorrect and distorted.

Lavrov emphasized addressing the Syrian crisis through a comprehensive dialogue by the Syrians themselves in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254, confronting terrorist groups to abide by Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Lavrov accused Washington of pursuing military presence in the East Euphrates region and elsewhere in Syria.

As for the crisis between Iran and the US, Lavrov said, “we will convince our American and Iranian colleagues that they should move away from this dangerous line and start solving their differences through a civilized dialogue. Certainly, this implies ending the policy of ultimatums, sanctions and blackmail.” Lavrov urged countries in the region to support this trend, warning of the deadly consequences of using force against Iran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency