The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Norway informed the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, May 15th, about the sabotage operations that targeted four commercial ships in the UAE’s territorial waters.
The three permanent missions in the UN have delivered a joint letter to the security council complaining that four tanker vessels - two Saudi-flagged, one Norwegian-flagged, and one UAE-flagged - were targeted on Sunday May 12th, UAE’s state-run news Agency (WAM) said.
"These attacks come at a time when responsible stakeholders across the region should work together to lower tensions," said Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.
She added that "The UAE is cooperating closely with Saudi Arabia, Norway, France, and the United States to investigate these attacks."
Abdallah Y Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia, said that it was an act of sabotage that affects the safety of international navigation and the security of world oil supplies.
Al-Mouallimi added that Saudi Arabia strongly condemns these terrorist attacks and calls upon the international community to take a firm stand towards those responsible for such provocative and subversive operations.
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.
Meanwhile, Norway’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Mona Juul, said the Norwegian vessel suffered material damage and the authorities are in the process of assessing the situation. She added that her country is in close cooperation with, among others, the Emirati authorities.
The attacks took place within UAE territorial waters, east of the port of Fujairah. Operations at the Port of Fujairah have continued as normal without any interruption.
The UAE is taking all steps to protect commercial shipping and maritime traffic and has adopted enhanced maritime safety and security measures in the relevant areas.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Norway also intend to formally notify the International Maritime Organization of these attacks and the threat they pose to international shipping, WAM has reported.