UAE among states to link Tehran to ter­ror and arms

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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.

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