"We also need the broadest international support possible to tackle the threats to international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz
, the Foreign Secretary said.
Contrary to the tall claims made through the pliant Indian media, the Indian Navy could not maintain a sustained presence in the Strait of Hormuz
and was forced to withdraw.
The result, as political scientist Caitlin Talmadge's research shows, is that the Strait of Hormuz
is not easily closed - or at least, not until recently.
The United States has been trying to persuade its allies into an international coalition with the declared aim of providing "security" for merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz
-- which accommodates around a third of global seaborne oil traffic --and other strategic Middle Eastern shipping lanes.
"The international initiative on the security of the Strait of Hormuz
is an explicit signal of the international community's [commitment] towards ensuring the safety of navigation and energy of our region to the world," he said on Twitter.
At just 21-nautical miles wide at its narrowest point, the Strait of Hormuz
is considered the most important oil chokepoint in the world, explained global analytics company Refinitiv in a special report, noting that more than a third of global seaborne crude oil exports travel through the Strait, which links the big Middle Eastern producers with customers worldwide.
This is not the first time that ships have been captured in the Strait of Hormuz
. During the Iran-Iraq war, many ships were taken into custody to stop oil shipments.
Last week, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and France announced backing the British proposal for a European naval force to protect the Strait of Hormuz
after Iran has seized the British-flagged tanker in the strait.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz
is vital not just to the UK, but also our international partners and allies.
Specialising in northern Indian cuisine of international repute, Radisson Collection Hotel, Hormuz
Grand Muscat brings together two cultures of uncommon richness and diversity - creating an environment that shares a deep affinity with local sensibilities.
The timing of a visit by Oman's foreign minister to Tehran over the weekend is not without significance and is a clear sign that efforts are underway to try and de-escalate the current tensions in the Strait of Hormuz
and neighbouring waters.
A British government (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/british-navy-escort-uk-vessels-strait-hormuz-190725150547306.html) spokesman confirmed that the Royal Navy has been tasked to (https://www.ibtimes.com/uk-left-few-options-vs-iran-after-tanker-arrest-strait-hormuz-2807790) accompany British-flagged ships , either individually or in groups, through the Strait of Hormuz
. "Freedom of navigation is crucial for the global trading system and world economy, and we will do all we can to defend it," he said.