U.S. & Britain meet over Iranian security issues in the Strait of Hormuz
dpa, Hamburg, Germany
Military representatives of Britain and the United States are set to come together for a meeting in Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of creating an international mission to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.
The closed-door meeting was confirmed by the British Defence Ministry and a spokesman for the US Marines’ 5th Fleet on Tuesday. The ministry declined to give details about the agenda, but said that “several international partners” would be participating.
Details of the meeting may not be reported until Thursday.
Britain and the US are seeking to establish a mission to prevent Iran from seizing further oil tankers, after Tehran impounded the British-flagged Stena Impero and the Panama-flagged MT Riah in mid-July in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic shipping route between Iran and Oman.
Several EU member states have expressed an interest in the proposal to ensure safe travel of cargo.
According to diplomatic sources in Brussels, countries including Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have expressed interest.
Despite a formal request by the US, the German Foreign Office said on Tuesday that they did not expect any German participation in the mission.
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