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Oman voices concern over international military presence in Strait of Hormuz

Christian Fernsby |
The risk of a military confrontation is higher in the Strait of Hormuz than anywhere else in the region, partly because of the number of foreign navy ships guarding it, Oman’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi said.


The strait between Iran and Oman, 33 kilometres wide at its narrowest point, is the passage for about 30 per cent of all crude and other oil products traded by sea.

Friction between Iran and the West led nations to send task forces to protect shipping there.

Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on international merchant vessels in or near the area, which Iran denies.

“There are a lot of military ships in the Hormuz and our concern is there could be a mistake,” Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, said at the Munich Security Conference at the weekend.

Oman is working to reduce tension in the Gulf and sees prospects of talks between Iran and the U.S., bin Alawi said.

“We are in touch with the U.S. and Iran. We feel that there is a possibility of dialogue between them,” he told the state-run Oman News Agency.

“We don’t expect military military confrontation in the region at the moment.”

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