Saudi and US combine to tackle threats to Gulf maritime safety

China may escort its commercial vehicles in Gulf waters under US proposals for a maritime coalition
Saudi and US combine to tackle threats to Gulf maritime safety
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met with his American counterpart Rick Perry on Tuesday to discuss the recent issues in the region.
By Gavin Gibbon
Wed 07 Aug 2019 11:34 AM

Saudi Arabia and the US have committed to work together to combat the threats to maritime safety in the Arabian Gulf.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih met with his American counterpart Rick Perry on Tuesday to discuss the recent issues in the region.

In a posting on Twitter, he later wrote that the kingdom and US “reiterated their determination to work together to ensure the security of global energy supplies”.

Tensions have risen between Iran and the West since last year, when the United States pulled out of an international agreement that curbed the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in return for an easing of economic sanctions on Iran.

Fuelling fears of a Middle East war with global repercussions, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized British tanker Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz in July for alleged marine violations, two weeks after British forces captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar accused of violating sanctions on Syria.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that shipping might not be safe in the Strait of Hormuz, adding that “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”.

Al-Falih and Perry also discussed the oil market conditions and Saudi’s desire to keep its stabilities.

“In this context, I have affirmed the commitment of OPEC members and non-OPEC producers to coordinate production and strive to achieve balance in the oil market,” said Al-Falih.

According to a report from Reuters, China may escort its country’s commercial vehicles in Gulf waters under US proposals for a maritime coalition.

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