x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

US Deputy Secretary of State expresses 'deep regret' over Navy shooting

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has expressed deep regret over the shooting of a fishing boat by a US Navy ship USNS Rappahannock.

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has expressed deep regret over the shooting of a fishing boat by the US Navy ship USNS Rappahannock in Dubai, killing a fisherman and injuring three others.

In a phone conversation with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, the US Deputy Secretary of State said that investigations into the causes of the incident are underway. He stressed that relations between the UAE and the US are strong.

For his part, Dr Gargash noted that there was agreement on the need to know the causes of the incident as well as for transparent cooperation between the two countries.

He further stressed that relations between the UAE and the US are strong.