Iran has accused Saudi Arabia of conducting oil exploration activities in prohibited border areas. Iran’s complaint came after Saudi Arabia had accused Iran of encroachments on its oil and gas fields in the Persian Gulf.
“Apparently Saudi Arabia has taken action for exploration activities in prohibited border areas,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in Tehran. “The necessary notices were given, and our country’s point of view and our commitment to border agreements were conveyed to the Saudi ambassador in Tehran.” (Fars New Agency/Reuters, 20 November)
Saudi Arabia had told the UN last week that Iran strayed onto its territory near oil and gas fields in the Gulf. The Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdullah al-Mualimi, was quoted as saying he had sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that “details Iran’s breaches of the official conventions and treaties between it and Saudi Arabia”.
This month, Iran impounded a Saudi Arabian fishing vessel that entered its southern territorial waters. Last month, Saudi border guards arrested 15 Iranians who tried to enter Saudi Arabia by boat.