Philip Dunne calls for efforts to involve more countries in ensuring freedom of navigation in the strait of Hormuz

25th September 2019

Following the Foreign Secretary’s statement on Iran, Philip Dunne asks for an update on efforts to broaden the International Maritime Security Construct to ensure that as many nations as possible are involved in maintaining freedom of navigation in the strait of Hormuz.

 

Philip Dunne MP speaking in the House of Commons, September 2019, Iran
 

My right hon. Friend rightly referred to the vital work of the International Maritime Security Construct, in which the UK plays an important part. Indeed, the Royal Navy vessel on duty this summer experienced more than 100 confrontations from the Iranian revolutionary guards, according to newspaper reports. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on efforts that are being undertaken at the UN General Assembly or through bilateral relationships with other nations to broaden the construct to ensure that as many nations as possible are involved in order to maintain freedom of navigation in the strait of Hormuz?

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. We want the broadest possible support for policing freedom of navigation in the strait of Hormuz and the wider region. The IMSC has broadened its support, but we also want the European-led initiatives to come on board. Ideally, we would like to join them together. It should not be a question of whether it is a US or an EU flag on the initiatives or the operations; we want to broaden them and bring them together because that is the most effective way to police freedom of navigation.

 

Philip Dunne MP speaking in the House of Commons, September 2019, Iran

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