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UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Al Mazrouie.

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UAE minister allays war fears on US-Iran tensions

 

DUBAI – The UAE Minister of Energy said he saw no immediate risk of a war following the rising tension between the US and Iran, according to a Reuters report.

“We will not see a war,” said Suhail Al Mazrouie. “This is definitely an escalation between the United States, which is an ally, and Iran, which is a neighbour, and the last thing we want is more tension in the Middle East.”

Al Mazrouei was speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

His comments came after Iran launched a multiple-missile attack on two Iraqi army bases housing US troops in retaliation to the death of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

On Wednesday, the UAE Minister of Energy said he saw no immediate risk of an attack on oil tankers traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, and added that recent developments should not be exaggerated.

“We are not forecasting any shortage of supply unless there is a catastrophic escalation, which we don’t see,” he said.

Mazrouei said there was no foreseeable oil supply shortage “unless there is a catastrophic escalation, which we don’t see”, adding that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would respond to any possible oil shortages if necessary. ICA/Expat Media

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