LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - An attack on Wednesday by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels on two oil tankers in the Red Sea was totally irresponsible, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said.
“This is a totally irresponsible act,” he told an audience in London on Thursday. “The effect of it actually is much wider than the region.”
He added: “I think this is another example of why the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government in Sanaa should end.”
Saudi Arabia and arch-foe Iran have been locked in a three-year proxy war in Yemen, which lies on one side of the Bab al-Mandeb strait at the southern mouth of the sea, one of the most important trade routes for oil tankers heading from the Middle East to Europe.
Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison