Antonio Guterres concerned about Persian Gulf

Antonio Guterres concerned about Persian Gulf

Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, said that the Secretary General is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region.

In particular, the spokesperson said that Guterres condemns the recent attacks on commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and "stresses the need for further investigation to determine the facts and hold accountable the perpetrators."

The UN chief also condemned the drone attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

"The Secretary-General recalls that attacks targeting civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law.  The Secretary-General calls upon all actors to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions," Dujarric concluded.