Persian Gulf: Shipping

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) US and (b) Saudi Arabian counterparts on the effect of Iranian activity on the accessibility to shipping of the Persian Gulf.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK regularly speaks to the US about Iran at official and ministerial level, most recently during the Foreign Secretary's visit to Washington last month. We regularly discuss Iran with Saudi Arabia at ministerial and official level, most recently this month. The UK remains concerned by Iran's destabilising activity throughout the region and we continue to maintain a permanent military presence in the Gulf to underpin our enduring contribution to regional security. The deployment of UK maritime assets in the Gulf protects shipping lanes which are important for the world's energy supply.

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