Middle East: Shipping

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 2nd August 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the plans, outlined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9 July, to create a multinational military coalition to safeguard the waters around Iran and Yemen; and what assessment they have made of the practicality of those proposals.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK is part of ongoing conversations with international allies including the US on how best we can ensure maritime security in the Gulf and protect freedom of navigation. Work to assess the practicality of any proposals continues in parallel with the ongoing conversations with our partners.

Freedom of navigation is in every nation's interest. It is therefore unacceptable to illegally seize a ship going about legitimate business in an internationally recognised shipping lane.

We continue to work for stability in the region with the international community and uphold the international rules that protect us all.

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