x

Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 July 2018

Saudi Arabia protests to UN about Iranian naval encroachment

United Nations ambassador Abdullah bin Yahiya Al Mualami says violations ongoing despite previous protests

Oil and gas platforms in the Arabian Gulf have been harassed by Iranian vessels. Jeff Topping / The National
Oil and gas platforms in the Arabian Gulf have been harassed by Iranian vessels. Jeff Topping / The National

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has submitted a memorandum of protest to the United Nations against repeated infringements and violations of Iranian boats and vessels in restricted areas of oilfields and platforms located in the waters of Saudi Arabia in the Arabian Gulf.

The maritime boundary line that the Iranians are alleged to have crossed was set up through an agreement between the two countries in October 2017, and the Saudis have called on the Iranian government to refrain from such actions.

The Saudi permanent representative to the United Nations, ambassador Abdullah bin Yahiya Al Mualami, said that despite the protest notes addressed to Iran and to the UN Secretary-General, Iran has increasingly repeated violations and abuses with its boats and vessels, according to the Saudi Press Agency, Spa.

He stated that as a result of these repeated violations of Iranian boats and vessels, the competent authorities in the Kingdom have taken necessary measures against such breaches, in accordance with the regulations in force in the country.

Ambassador Al Mualami stressed that Saudi Arabia holds Iran fully responsible for any damage that may arise as a result of these violations and abuses.

He requested the Secretary-General to circulate this memorandum to all member states, as a United Nations document, as well as to publish it in the next edition of the Law of the Sea journal, expressing thanks to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.