Saudi Arabia, UAE, Norway write to UN about oil tanker attacks

The attacks took place east of the Emirati port of Fujairah. (Reuters)
Updated 18 May 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Norway write to UN about oil tanker attacks

  • The four oil tankers were attacked and damaged in Emirati territorial waters

NEW YORK: The permanent missions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Norway to the UN have sent a joint letter to the Security Council about the recent incident in which four oil tankers were attacked and damaged in Emirati territorial waters.

Two of the tankers were Saudi-flagged, one was Norwegian-flagged and one was Emirati-flagged. “It is an act of sabotage that affects the safety of international navigation and the security of world oil supplies,” said Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN.

“Consequently, Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms these terrorist attacks and calls upon the international community to take a firm stand toward those responsible for such provocative and subversive operations,” he added.

“While the attacks did not result in any casualties, or spillage of oil or harmful chemicals, they could have caused serious loss of life and an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Oman.”

Norway’s ambassador to the UN, Mona Juul, said: “We’re glad the crew onboard was unharmed. However, the Norwegian vessel suffered material damages.”

She added: “Norwegian authorities are in the process of assessing the situation, in close cooperation with, among others, the Emirati authorities.”

The attacks took place east of the Emirati port of Fujairah. Operations at the port have continued as normal without interruption. The UAE has adopted enhanced maritime safety and security measures.

“These attacks come at a time when responsible stakeholders across the region should work together to lower tensions,” said Lana Nusseibeh, UAE ambassador to the UN.


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

Updated 2 min 36 sec ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar welcomes Russian leader

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and is scheduled to have a meeting with Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar personally welcomed the Russian leader.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

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