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Conflict with Iran: Saudi Arabia joins US mission in the Persian Gulf


The Federal Government refused to participate in a US-led mission in the Persian Gulf, but Britain joined. Now the Trump government has won another partner.

Saudi Arabia joins the "International Maritime Security Coalition" in the Gulf region. This was announced by the state news agency SPA, citing the country's Ministry of Defense.

The US-led military mission has the mission of escorting commercial ships on international trade routes in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandab strait and protecting them from possible attacks.

For the naval mission, the US sought allies after Iran set two foreign oil tankers in transit in the Gulf. The Federal Government had rejected a US request to participate in the mission. Britain joined the mission.

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Attack on Saudi Arabia oil into the fire

Recently there were again tensions in the region. The Houthi rebels in Yemen were aware of last Saturday's attacks on oil installations in neighboring Saudi Arabia. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran directly. US President Donald Trump also targeted Iran as a potential supervisor after the attacks.

Iran, however, rejected any responsibility for the attacks. Foreign Minister Javad Sarif said on Twitter that the US denied the reality if they believed that "the Yemeni victims of the worst war crimes in the past four and a half years would not do anything to fight back."

The Energy Minister of Saudi Arabia said that one has no knowledge of who is behind the air raids. His country does not know the masterminds, said Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman to journalists in Jeddah.

Pompeo will meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss a response to the attacks.

Source: spiegel

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