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Germany calls for easing tension in Mideast in wake of tankers attacks

BERLIN, The German government on Thursday demanded de-escalation in the Middle East region, in the wake of attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in the day.

In remarks to reporters, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the assaults on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were very worrying and threatened to mounting tensions in the region.

Such acts cause harm to the global commercial route and international security, mainly in light of the tense situation in the region, he added.

Maas affirmed that the German government would make detailed remarks on the incident when it obtain accurate news in this matter.

A few days ago, Maas visited the UAE and Iran to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

Earlier, Iran’s media said that the Iranian navy rescued 44 crew members of the two tankers and took them to the port of Jask, south of the country.

The incident coincided with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran where he met with Iran’s Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei.

The two sides discussed the latest developments regarding the tensions between Tehran and Washington. The Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker was attacked earlier in the day while carrying a cargo of ethanol from Qatar to Taiwan.

Fire broke out at the tanker 25 nautical miles off Bandar-e-Jask in southern Iran.

Also a Japanese tanker carrying a cargo of methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore was assaulted.

Tensions mounted between Iran and the United States after the latter’s withdrew from the nuclear deal last year and toughened sanctions against Tehran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency