May 19, 2019 / 12:12 AM / a month ago

UAE calls for Arab unity at 'critical' time after tanker attacks

FILE PHOTO: A technical staff is seen at the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that “critical circumstances” in the region require a united Gulf Arab and Arab stand, amid heightened tensions with Iran following last week’s attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the UAE.

A foreign ministry statement published on state news agency WAM welcomed a call by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to convene emergency summits in Mecca to discuss implications of the tanker attacks and a strike two days later on oil installations in the kingdom.

Reporting by Ali Abdelaty in Cairo; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; editing by Diane Craft

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