UAE working to safeguard maritime navigation, says Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed has praised Jordan for its support of the UAE and Saudi Arabia
UAE working to safeguard maritime navigation, says Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Abu Dhabi.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 23 May 2019 10:24 AM

The UAE is working with other countries in the region to guarantee maritime freedom, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Wednesday.

According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the comment came during a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Abu Dhabi.

“The UAE is closely coordinating with Jordan on the current regional developments to protect the supreme interests of Arab countries and ensure stability in the region, including safeguarding the freedom of navigation,” the WAM story said.

The meeting between Sheikh Mohamed and King Abdullah comes at a time of increasing tensions with Iran, which has been accused of sabotaging four ships in the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

In its report, WAM noted that Sheikh Mohamed “commended Jordan’s support for the UAE and Saudi Arabia in addressing the implications of the recent criminal aggressions against four commercial vessels off the UAE waters and Saudi oil facilities, stressing that Jordan represents a significant strategic depth for the GCC states.”

Jordan and the UAE are expected to hold a joint military exercise in the UAE “in the foreseeable future”, according to WAM.

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