Britain joins the US mission in the Persian Gulf
Together with the US, the British Navy is to secure merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The operation will strengthen security; it is said from London.
The United Kingdom will participate in the US mission to protect international shipping in the Persian Gulf. This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense in London. The mission was to protect merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz, announced British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. “This mission will strengthen safety and provide peace of mind in shipping,” he added.
The US government recently presented to its allies in Europe its plans for a naval mission to protect the important shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz and asked for contributions. According to the German government, however, Germany has not promised to participate. In the meantime, Great Britain had proposed a European military mission, but this is after the change of government in London, no more talk.
Nevertheless, the Federal Government wants to work for an EU observer mission to protect merchant ships. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “but it is also foreseeable that it will certainly take time to convince the EU.”
Iran had last repeatedly stated tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. In addition, several tankers were attacked, for which Washington was also the government in Tehran blamed. The British Army is present with two warships in the strait to escort ships under the British flag.
Strains between the US and Iran have escalated since US President Donald Trump declared an uneven exit from the global atomic arrangement in May a year ago. The EU wants to save the agreement.