On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates declared that it has joined International Maritime Security Construct, an international alliance that aims to protect the safety of maritime navigation and international trade.

The Director of the International Security Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Salem Mohammed Al Zaabi said that the UAE’s joining to the alliance comes in support of regional and international efforts to deter threats to maritime and global trade and to secure the flow of energy supplies to the global economy and contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security.

While passing through maritime corridors, the alliance protects their merchant ships and the interests of its members. The operation area of the alliance covers the Strait of Hormuz, Bab Al Mandab, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia joined the coalition.  Australia, Bahrain, and the United Kingdom will also be joining. Following the attacks on oil tankers, the US formed the coalition. America blamed Iran for the attack and also Iran’s seizure of tankers in the region. On Saturday, the Saudi oil installation attack has further raised Mideast tensions.

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