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WorldU.S., France to discuss Strait of Hormuz navy coordination

13:50  06 september  2019
13:50  06 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The Strait of Hormuz dispute is an ongoing dispute between a coalition of countries and Iran. The dispute arose on 27 December 2011

Discussing the Strait of Hormuz , Secretary of State Pompeo asserted that “we’re going to keep them open. We’re going to build out a maritime security U . S . Central Command announced and Saudi Arabia confirmed that “in coordination with and at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the

PARIS (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his French counterpart will discuss on Saturday how France's navy could coordinate with Washington to ensure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, a senior U.S. defense official said on Friday.

U.S., France to discuss Strait of Hormuz navy coordination © Reuters/YURI GRIPAS FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives for the first day in his new post at the Pentagon

"We recognize that France has an interest in participating in freedom of navigation, bringing freedom of navigation capabilities to the Gulf and we will be looking to find ways to harness and use that interest to better coordinate with our own initiative," the official told reporters in a conference call ahead of Esper's meeting with Florence Parly in Paris.

France has ruled out joining a U.S.-led coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, but has pushed for a European alternative.

(Reporting by John Irish; editing by Richard Lough)

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