June 13, 2019 / 2:26 PM / 3 months ago

U.N. chief condemns tanker attacks, says facts must be established

UNITED NATIONS, June 13 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman that left one ablaze and both adrift, warning that the world cannot afford “a major confrontation in the Gulf region.”

“I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels. Facts must be established and responsibilities clarified,” he told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on cooperation between the United Nations and the League of Arab States.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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