UAE places priority on de-escalation after sabotage attacks on ships: official

DUBAI, May 15 (Xinhua) — A senior official of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Wednesday that the UAE’s priority is need for de-escalation, caution and good judgment after attacks on Saudi tankers and other vessels off the coast of the UAE earlier this week.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, emphasised UAE’s commitment to regional peace and stability at a press briefing in Dubai.

“This is our region, the escalation isn’t in UAE’s interest,” he told journalists.

The UAE is investigating with the United States, French and other countries into the sabotage attacks and the results would be concluded “within days, not weeks,” he added.

On Sunday, the UAE announced that four commercial vessels of various nationalities were targeted by sabotage near the country’s territorial waters off the port of Fujairah.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Monday that two of its oil tankers were part of the sabotage attack.


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