Royal Navy WILL escort British ships through the Strait of Hormuz in policy wrap after Boris becomes PM
- Iran threatened British ships in the strait after the oil tanker had been seized by marines
- The British flag Stena Impero has since been captured and is being held
- Royal Navy said earlier that it did not have the means to accompany all British ships
- But the British government has said it will now escort all British ships, alone or in groups, the day after Boris Johnson became prime minister
The British government said on Thursday that its naval flag will accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to defend freedom of navigation, having previously said it did not have the military means to do so.
Tensions have increased between Iran and Great Britain since the Islamic Republic seized a British tanker in the Strait last Friday. His movement came after British troops captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, which the UK said was on its way to Syria in spite of EU sanctions.
The British government has previously advised ships under the British flag not to sail through the Strait of Hormuz and to inform the Navy if they intend to do so.
& # 39; The Royal Navy has the task of guiding ships under the British flag through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, if adequate notification of their passage is made, & quot; said a British government spokesperson.
& # 39; Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and the global economy, and we will do everything we can to defend it & # 39 ;, he added.
Britain has attempted to set up a European maritime protection mission to ensure safe navigation through the Strait of Hormuz following the seizure of Iran by the tanker in what London said was a & # 39; state piracy & # 39;
France, Italy and Denmark support the idea, three EU diplomats said Tuesday, but Germany said it is too early to discuss how Berlin could participate.
Iran also vowed to secure the strait and said it would not allow any disruption to shipping there, quoted the state news agency Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi Tuesday.
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