UAE refuses to accuse any nation of tanker attacks without ‘proof’

Maybe we finally getting somewhere as a world, we are encouraged.

The United Arab Emirates would not back US accusations that Iran was responsible for attacks on four oil tankers off the UAE coast because it would need “scientifically confirmed” evidence to do so, its foreign minister said.

“We cannot accuse any nation at the moment because we don’t have indisputable proof,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE foreign minister said Wednesday during a joint media conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

If other nations have more concrete information, I am sure the international community will gladly hear them out. But we have to be very serious and careful. It has to be reliable, scientifically confirmed information which would convince the international community.

The Emirati diplomat was seemingly referring to the incident, which happened in its territorial waters in May. A preliminary investigation by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Norway – the three nations whose tankers were damaged – said a state actor was likely behind it, judging by its sophistication.

The group however would not accuse Iran of being the culprit in the case.

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