Former Iraqi prime minister and leader of
al-Wataniya Coalition Ayad Allawi condemned the sabotage acts against a number
of commercial ships in international waters near UAE.
Allawi called on Iraqi leaders to play an actual role towards the crisis that is witnessed by the region.
In press remarks, Allawi reiterated warning of the risks of escalation and tensions in the region, calling on Iraqi leaders and political forces to work to solve this crisis.
Iraq will not be immune from any escalation between Iran and the United States, and that what happened would give a new opportunity to terrorism and ISIS to reemerge, Allawi said.
Four commercial vessels were targeted by "sabotage operations" near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates without causing casualties, the foreign ministry said on Sunday in a statement tweeted by state news agency WAM.
The incident occurred near the UAE emirate of Fujairah, one of the world's largest bunkering hubs that lies just outside the Strait of Hormuz, it said. The strait is a vital oil and natural gas corridor for the global energy market.