Iran responsible for tensions in region: Gargash  05/17/2019 22:01:00   KT Report/Dubai

Iran responsible for tensions in region: Gargash

KT Report/Dubai

Filed on May 18, 2019 | Last updated on May 18, 2019 at 06.58 am

Iran is responsible for the current crisis in the region and must act to reduce tensions, said UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash.

He said the West must unite and come up with a common approach to contain aggressive Iranian behaviour.

Speaking to CNN, he said: "I think the onus is on Iran. Iran is the government that is responsible for where we are today."

Gargash said Iranian behaviour over the last decade has led to much distrust in the Gulf.

On recent sabotage on tankers in the Sea of Oman, he said: "Clearly this is a very, very serious incident because it affects maritime commerce, and it comes also at a very, very, what I would call a very sensitive and difficult period in the region."

He said all countries are keen to de-escalate tensions and deal with things in a "mature, rational way".

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