Arab League, Gulf Cooperation Council condemn attacks against ships near UAE

Arab League chief called attacks 'criminal acts'
Monday 13/05/2019
Four commercial vessels were targeted by "sabotage operations" near the territorial waters of the UAE
Four commercial vessels were targeted by "sabotage operations" near the territorial waters of the UAE

CAIRO - The Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have condemned the acts of sabotage against vessels off the UAE coast.

The secretary-general of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, has denounced the attacks that targeted vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates the previous day, including two Saudi oil tankers, as "criminal acts."

He said in a statement on Monday that these acts are a "serious violation of the freedom and integrity of trade and maritime transport routes." He says the Arab League stands by the UAE.

The Gulf Cooperation Council has also condemned "sabotage operations" of commercial vessels near UAE territorial waters on Sunday.

That "would increase tensions and conflict in the region and jeopardize the interests of their peoples," Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the GCC secretary general, said in a statement.

Four commercial vessels were targeted by "sabotage operations" near the territorial waters of the UAE without causing casualties, the UAE foreign ministry said on Sunday,