The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs 'Anwar Gargash' has admitted that a US spy drone recently shot down by Iranian air defense had actually taken off from a military base in the UAE.

Iran Press/Middle East:  Gargash made the remark in a recent interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica during his visit to Rome.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down on 20 June an intruding Global Hawk surveillance drone, which had violated Iranian airspace on a spying mission despite repeated warnings.

The US claims that the drone was flying in international airspace when it was targeted, without providing any evidence.

Iran has released a map with detailed coordinates that clearly show the drone was flying over Iranian territorial waters off the coast of Hormozgan Province when it was shot down by an Iranian missile.

The UAE’s admission came just a few days after it admitted that there was no "clear, scientific and convincing" evidence to assign blame for the recent tanker attacks off its coast in the Sea of Oman, splitting with the United States and Saudi Arabia, which hold Iran responsible for the suspicious attacks, Press TV reported.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Wednesday that his country was not able to pin the attacks on any country because an investigation had failed to find enough proof.

Meanwhile, reports from United Arab Emirates (UAE) suggest that 'large' number of UAE troops are being withdrawn from Yemen

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has withdrawn large numbers of troops from embattled Yemen allegedly fearing escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

The withdrawal took place because Abu Dhabi wanted to have forces and equipment "on hand" following recent tensions in the Persian Gulf region, Reuters cited four unnamed Western diplomats as saying on Friday.


No evidence to blame Iran for Persian Gulf tanker attacks: UAE Foreign Minister