The the US-led International Maritime Security alliance, which aims at securing navigation in the Gulf, began its official duties on Thursday from Bahrain, according to media reports.
The official building of the alliance was inaugurated. The alliance was formed following several attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf waters in 2019 mainly blamed on Iran.
The alliance includes the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, as well as the United Kingdom and Australia. It seeks securing the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, the Arabian Gulf and Bab al-Mandab, the US Central Command said in a Tweet on Thursday.