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Kuwait moves to protect its ports amid Gulf tensions

2019/07/14 | 10:04

(Iraq Now News)- Kuwait‘s navy and ports authority will prepare security

plans to protect the key OPEC exporter‘s ports amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West, state news agency KUNA said on

Saturday.A joint cooperation protocol was signed "at an

important period which the region is passing through security-wise,"

Kuwait Port Authority Manager Sheikh Yousef Abdullah al-Nasser al-Sabah was

quoted as saying.Sheikh Yousef said concerted efforts were needed to maintain

the security of the small Gulf state‘s ports and "ensure full readiness

for any potential emergency," including training and exchange of

experiences, according to the KUNA report.Relations between Iran and the West have become increasingly

strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar last week and

London said its warship HMS Montrose had to fend off Iranian vessels seeking to

block a British-owned tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz.The most recent incidents followed a spate of attacks on

tankers since May around the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, which the

United States has blamed on Iran and are denied by Tehran.The two foes came close to direct military conflict last

month when Iran shot down a US drone and President Donald Trump ordered

retaliatory air strikes, only to call them off minutes before.Tensions have risen sharply since Washington stepped up

economic sanctions against Iran and moved to bring its oil exports to zero as

part of a "maximum pressure" policy to make Iran halt actions that it

said undermined regional security.

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