ADEN - SABA
Yemen- represented by Minister of Water and Environment Tawfeeq al-Sharjabi- has participated in the 19th Ministerial Council's meeting of the Regional Authority on Protecting the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Concerned ministers from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan and Djibouti participated in the meeting held through visual communications on Sunday.
Th meeting discussed a draft decision to limit environmental dangers posed by Safir Oil Tanker in addition to a number of topics and initiatives associated with environment of the environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Minister al-Sharjabi reviewed developments associated with situation of Safir Tanker and environmental threat posed by the long-stranded tanker on Hodeida Coasts near Arab and African countries overlooking the Red Sea.
He confirmed that the tanker, which carries more than million barrel of crude oil on board, could explode anytime due to its old age and lack of maintenance work since the eruption of Houthi militia's triggered war in 2015 and banning access to UN team to do maintenance work to the tanker by Houthi militia.
He stressed necessity of finalizing review the project of the regional plan to limit the negative effects could result from the leak from the tanker, its sinking or its explosion, calling for integration of regional, Arab and international efforts to avoid looming environmental and humanitarian disaster.
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