UAE among states to link Tehran to terror and arms
The UAE is among 11 countries to send a formal letter to the United Nations warning about Iran’s expansionist policies and interference in the internal affairs of Arab states.
According to national news agency WAM, in a letter sent to the President of the UN General Assembly and all 193 member states, the group condemned Iran’s sponsoring of terrorism in the region, particularly in Yemen, saying the republic is financially, stra tegically, and militarily supporting the Houthi rebels.
The letter also said Iran was training Houthi fighters and sending illegal shipments of weapons and ammunitions into Yemen.
The warning comes after a UAE vessel named Swift was attacked by Houthi rebels on October 1. The vessel, which was carrying humanitarian aid and had a crew of 24 civilians on board, was sailing through the Bab Al Mandeb strait when its observation tower was destroyed in what By Mahak Mahan crew members said was a missile strike.
The letter stated the attack was a clear violation of international law that the members of the UN Security Council considered a threat to freedom of navigation in the shipping passage. The group stressed that any interference by Iran is unacceptable and must be confronted.
The countries, which include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, called on Iran to stop promoting regional insecurity and stressed that, “the stability and economic prosperity in the Arabian Gulf region is founded on the importance of maintaining good neighbourliness and the principles of sovereignty, independence, and non-interference in domestic affairs”.
The other signatories were Kuwait, Morocco, Oman and Sudan.