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Netherlands joins EU naval mission to monitor Strait of Hormuz

Christian Fernsby |
The Dutch government announced that it would contribute a ship to the French-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz amid regional tension with Iran.

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The Dutch Defense Ministry said the cabinet has approved the deployment of a frigate for a six-month mission designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf region, from the end of January to the end of June 2020.

The Dutch government will contribute the frigate with an onboard helicopter to the European-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH).

"It's very important to ensure a free and safe passage" through the strait, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters Friday.

He said The Netherlands is happy to take part in the mission.

“We are not getting involved just for show, but because we want to.”

The Dutch government said it would also send a number of staff to the headquarters of the mission, which France said earlier this week would be stationed at a French naval base in Abu Dhabi.