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.
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?