Australia joins the US-led naval coalition in Persian Gulf
As the tensions over the security of the Strait of Hormuz rise between the Islamic Republic and the United Kingdom, the prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, confirmed that he is deliberating with Britain and the United States to start military patrol in the Gulf of Oman.
According to Business Insider on Friday, the prime minister of Australia has confirmed his country’s presence and involvement in the “strategic Strait of Hormuz”.
Morrison told the media that he has spoken to Boris Johnson and informed him of his decision.
In the past two months, several tankers have been sabotaged near the Strait of Hormuz and three tankers have been seized by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The United States has invited 60 countries to join a naval coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.
The prime minister of Australia says after deliberation with the United States and Britain, they will decide what role Australia can play.
This is Australia’s first cooperation with the United States and Britain after the Iraq war 16 years ago. However, Prime Minister Morrison underlined that Australia’s main goal is to keep the maritime channels open.
“We want to make sure that we can bring back some relative stability to this area of the world which is very unstable right now,” Morrison says.
The Islamic Republic officials have repeatedly opposed the coalition and said that only Iran is responsible for the security of the Persian Gulf.