Saudi Arabia protests Iranian boats’ encroachments

Saudi Border Guard

NEW YORK — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has submitted a memorandum of protest to the United Nations complaining of repeated intrusion of Iranian boats and vessels in restricted areas of Saudi oil fields and platforms in the Arabian Gulf.

The protest memo said Iran violated the maritime boundary line that was set up by the agreement between the two countries on October 2 and called on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to refrain from such actions.

Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahiya Al-Mualami said that despite the protest notes addressed to Tehran and the UN Secretary-General, Iranian boats and vessels continue to sail in KSA waters and restricted areas of oil rights located in the territorial sea of the Kingdom and its exclusive economic zone, in the Arabian Gulf, according to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

Al-Mualami said that as a result of these repeated violations of Iranian boats and vessels, including what happened on November 17, 2016, June 16, 2016, October 27, 2017, and on December 21, 2017, the competent authorities in the Kingdom have taken necessary measures against such violations and breaches, in accordance with the regulations in force, in the KSA.

Al-Mualami stressed that the government of Saudi Arabia holds the government of Iran fully responsible for any damage that may arise as a result of these violations and abuses.

The ambassador requested the UN Secretary-General to circulate the memorandum to all member states, as a United Nations document, as well as to publish it in the next edition of the Law of the Sea journal. (WAM)