UAE's international partners join sabotage investigations

UAE's international partners join sabotage investigations
Published: 23 May 2019 - 6:30 a.m.
By: Carla Sertin

The UAE is continuing its investigation in attacks on four tankers off the coast of UAE emirate Fujairah. According to a statement by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, it welcomes a wider investigation including participation from its allies.

“The participation of our international partners in the investigation will help us arrive at impartial conclusions in a transparent manner," the statement wrote. "That is precisely what the UAE wants from this probe."

Emirati, Saudi and Norwegian tankers were sabotaged last week in UAE regional waters in the Gulf of Oman. The attack did not disrupt supply or operations at the port of Fujairah, but has heightened geopolitical tensions.

"The ongoing joint investigations reflect the international community’s determination to protect maritime security, the flow of international trade, and energy supplies," the statement continued.

The maritime attack was followed by a drone attack on two Saudi Aramco oil pumping stations along its East-West Pipeline. Pumps 8 and 9 were targeted, and sustained minor damange, though there were no reported casualties and no impact on supply. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the oil pump attack.

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