October 17, 2019 | 2:59 PM IST

Beijing says ‘no one wants war in Gulf of Oman’; Asks nations to resolve disputes through talks

Referring to Thursday’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Chinese Foreign Minister Geng Shuang on Friday said that it is not in anyone’s interest to have a war in the Gulf of Oman and that no one is in favour of the war. 

He was deeply concerned about the rising tension with regards to the attack that drove up the oil prices and stressed on the need to resolve differences through a dialogue. 

Shuang added that China would continue to safeguard its energy security and the lawful rights of its companies saying, “We hope all relevant parties calm and exercise restraint and avoid tensions from further escalating and hope all sides can together safeguard navigational safety in the relevant waters and regional peace and stability.” 

It may be noted that the United States blamed Iran for Thursday’s attack that fuelled concern about a new US-Iranian confrontation even though Tehran has denied the charge. China and Iran have close energy ties and US’ allegations and threats against nations and companies that violate US sanctions by importing Iranian oil have riled Beijing.

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