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England Joins US-led Maritime Coalition to Secure Hormuz


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Mon, 05 Aug 2019 16:18 GMT

The UK said on Monday, August 5th, that it would join the US planned maritime coalition to escort the merchant ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, reported Reuters.

In July, Tehran seized a British oil tanker, Stena Impero, while traveling through Strait of Hormuz, on the pretext of violating marine laws, the seizure came shortly after an Iranian tanker was seized by the British near Gibraltar for violating sanctions imposed on Syria.

"We look forward to working alongside the US and others to find an international solution to the problems in the Strait of Hormuz," Defence Minister Ben Wallace told reporters.

British foreign minister Dominic Raab said Britain is committed to the nuclear deal brokered with Iran in 2015 to lift sanctions imposed on Tehran.

The British existence in the US-led maritime coalition will be confined to securing navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, as the English government has no intentions to join US sanctions on Iran.

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