Iraq’s FM accuses Western forces of fueling Gulf regional tension

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Al-Hakim stressed that Israel's participation in such a mission was unacceptable, AP said.

"The states of the Gulf can together secure the transit of ships", he said on Twitter.

If the coalition is formed, each country would provide a military escort for its commercial ships through the Gulf with the support of the U.S. military, which would carry out aerial surveillance and command operations. "The security of the Persian Gulf is among Iran's priorities, and we believe Iran's shipping lanes must remain international", he said.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps naval commander Alireza Tangsiri warned Sunday that "any illegitimate presence by the Zionists in the waters of the Persian Gulf could spark a war", after Israel announced that it was taking part in a US -led mission to secure the Strait of Hormuz. "We're not looking to hurt Iran", Trump added.

Iran considers the maritime coalition "illegal" and said leaders in Washington and London fabricated the incidents to legitimize their presence in the Persian Gulf.

"The security of Persian Gulf is among Iran's priorities, and we believe Iran's shipping lanes must remain global", the IRGC general said.

Stability and security of the Strait of Hormuz are Iran's red line, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Monday, according to Iran's Young Journalists Club (YJC) news agency, reports Anadolu Agency.

Security of the region can and should be established only by regional countries. "We'll ensure the security of the Persian Gulf as long as our own security is ensured". Stability and security of worldwide waters, as well as northern and southern coasts and Strait of Hormuz, are Iran's red line.

The US had officially asked Germany to participate - alongside Britain and France - in the coalition, a request that was declined by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

Japan has likewise refused to join the force, and France has expressed reservations.

Washington and its Arab allies in the Gulf have accused Iran of carrying out the tanker attacks, allegations that Tehran denies.

Iran has categorically rejected the charges.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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