Bahrain, Abu Dhabi pledge to ward off navigation threats to maritime trade

The kingdom of Bahrain and the Abu Dhabi emirates of UAE, Tuesday vowed to continue coordination in efforts to protect international navigation from any threats, Zawya reports citing the state-run media of the small Gulf kingdom.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, a statement of the media noted, said Tuesday coordination with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is ongoing to protect international navigation from any threats.
Both men reportedly met and vowed to “continue coordinating a joint strategic vision to establish security and stability.” “Protect international maritime traffic from any threats that negatively affect the course of global trade,” is of the utmost importance, the statement said.
The pledge comes amid rising threat to maritime trade in the region. A group of unidentified hijackers raided early this week Panama-flagged asphalt/bitumen tanker Asphalt Princess, 60 nautical miles off Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast, in an area of the sea leading to the Strait of Hormuz. The British navy said Wednesday that the attackers have the targeted ship, without further details.

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