UN chief calls for independent probe into tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/6/15 9:49:29

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for an independent investigation into this week's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

"It is very important to know the truth, and it is very important that responsibilities are clarified," the UN chief told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York, noting "that can only be done if there is some independent entity that verifies those facts."
"Whatever happens in the international community, we will be supportive of any initiative in this regard, provided it is truly independent," the UN chief said when answering a question regarding the attacks and their investigation.

The secretary-general further noted that "the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf."

Earlier Thursday, two oil tankers were hit in the Gulf of Oman. At least one of them was operated by a Japanese company.

The attacks came amid Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Iran, who was seeking to help ease tensions between Iran and the United States.

In May, four commercial vessels reportedly suffered similar sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.


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