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5/15, 10:22 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UAE 'committed to de-escalation' in Gulf - FM

The United Arab Emirates is "committed to de-escalation" in the Persian Gulf, Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash (pictured) said on Wednesday.

Speaking after a series of blasts over the weekend damaged four ships in the country's port of Fujairah and Houthi rebels from Yemen attacked two pumping stations on the Aramco oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia, Gargash said that the UAE was "very committed to de-escalation, peace and stability." However, he also warned that it would "retaliate hard" against any further attacks by Houthi rebels on civilian facilities in the region. He blamed "Iranian behaviour" for tensions in the Gulf region, saying that it had led to the "difficult conditions."

Gargash also said that a multi-country investigation into the Fujairah blasts would be concluded within days. However, he did not provide any details on who the suspected perpetrators might be, stating that the UAE was "not going to jump the gun" and that it needed "to emphasize caution without throwing accusations." Gargash concluded by saying that the UAE has "always called for restraint and we will always call for that."

Breaking the News / DZ