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U.A.E. Says It Won’t Be ‘Baited’ Into Iran Crisis as Tensions Mount

  • Minister Gargash stresses need for ‘deescalation’ after attack
  • Investigation into hit on tankers to be completed within days
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U.A.E. Must Not Be Baited Into Iran Crisis, Minister Says
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The United Arab Emirates “won’t jump the gun” and accuse Iran of sabotaging ships off its coast, a senior government official said, as rising tensions in the Gulf stoke concerns the region is teetering on the brink of another war.

In an hour-long briefing, the U.A.E.’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, struck a cautious tone, stressing his country is “very committed to deescalation” and would exercise “caution and prudence” in a “brittle, difficult” situation. He said an investigation of the attack on the four ships, which includes Saudi and Norwegian vessels, was being assisted by American and French investigators and should wind up within days.