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Britain Sends Warship To Persian Gulf

13 August 2019

Iraq has rejected as "unacceptable" any Israeli participation in a naval force sought by the United States in Strait of Hormuz. "The [Persian] Gulf littoral states can together secure the transit of ships", Hakim wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page on Monday.

Katz said Israel's participation would help to contain the Iranian threat as well as boost ties in the Gulf region.

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Iraq's Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim has said Israel's participation in a USA -led coalition to protect shipping in the region is "unacceptable". He also rejected any Western presence in the strategic waterways, saying that only negotiations can reduce tensions. Special Aide to the President of the Islamic Parliament, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, wrote on Twitter last week that if Israel does get involved in the worldwide coalition in the Straits of Hormuz, then "it will be engulfed in wrath of the region and its smoke will rise from Tel Aviv".

He added that he is still looking into what the European mission in the Persian Gulf "would do", claiming that the U.S. proposal "was far more likely to be successful".

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Al-Hakim's tweet was in response to efforts by the Trump administration to set up a United States-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran's recent seizures of vessels has raised tensions with the West.

In an interview with the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen television station in Lebanon, Alireza Tangsiri warned that "whenever our commanders wish so, they are able to detain any ship, even if it is accompanied by American and British forces". Iran has been accused of attacking four oil tankers in May and two in June.

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His comments came after Iran's defense minister said last week that the formation of a US-led flotilla would "increase insecurity" and any Israeli involvement would have "disastrous consequences" for the region. About 20 percent of the world's oil passes through that area.

Britain Sends Warship To Persian Gulf