The United Arab Emirates denied ownership of weapons found in Libya, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Tuesday.
The statement added that UAE reaffirms its commitment to the United Nations’ security council resolutions on sanctions and arms embargo.
“The UAE also urges all parties to de-escalate tensions and to re-engage in the UN’s political process,” the statement said
The weapons were apparently captured in Libya by forces fighting for the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) when GNA forces captured Gharyan, a town south of Tripoli, from the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) faction on 26 June.
The captured items included at least three containers for US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles with at least one launch tube and four munitions marked as 155 mm laser-guided artillery GP6 rounds manufactured in China.
The Javelin containers were marked with a contract number (W31P4Q-04-C-0136) that covered a July 2008 order for $103 million worth of Javelin missiles, launchers, and support equipment for the UAE and Oman, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported.
An industry source told Jane’s the UAE military had taken delivery of GP6 rounds for the Norinco AH4 lightweight howitzers it has acquired.