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Israel to Join US-led Coalition in Persian Gulf

Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has said that his country will join the US-led coalition, to protect trade routes in the Persian Gulf، ٰIsraeli media reported.

Katz said “Israel is part of the U.S.-led coalition to protect trade routes in the Persian Gulf,”

“It is an Israeli interest to stop Iranian entrenchment in the region and strengthen relationship with Gulf countries,” he added.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran favours talks with Washington but the US must first lift sanctions it imposed on Iran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran favours talks and negotiations and, if the US really wants to talk, before anything else it should lift all sanctions,” Rouhani said.

So far only Britain has officially said it would join the mission to protect merchant ships after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel.

Last month, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, in a retaliatory action, for the seizure of an Iranian vessel by Gibraltar — a British overseas territory. Tension has been running high in the region since then.

 

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