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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington is seeking to form an international military alliance that will provide military escort to protect merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz, the chief of staff of the US military said in a statement.
Milley's comments came before the US Senate on Thursday, hours after the British government said Iranian boats had tried to intercept the British Heritage in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday night.
"Freedom of navigation is a fundamental principle and a base of the world order, which has been in force for seven decades, and we have a crucial role in enforcing that rule, so I think what we are trying to do is to bring this into effect by providing military naval escort for merchant ships, This may be an important factor, and I think it will evolve over the next few weeks. "
Milley's comments echo recent US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Danford's statement that the Pentagon was working to identify potential partners to protect shipping traffic in the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab on both sides of the Arabian Peninsula. Most of the crude oil passes through the world.
In the same vein, the US Fifth Fleet said yesterday that it is working closely with the British Royal Navy and regional and international partners to protect the freedom of navigation.
, said the US Fifth Fleet commander Jim Malloy said in a statement that the fleet "was informed of the illegal harassment carried out by the Navy of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and attempts to intercept British merchant ship British Heritage on the tenth of July , near the Strait of Hormuz."
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards denied involvement in the incident, but he warned both the United States and Britain that they would "be severely damaged" by Britain's seizure of a tanker carrying Iranian oil off Gibraltar.