Britain’s navy to accompany UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz

A picture taken on February 3, 2014, shows the British warship HMS Montrose docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol. (File photo: AFP)

Britain’s navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by US forces.

Defense minister Ben Wallace said he had ordered the warships HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties for all ships sailing under a British merchant flag.

“The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time,” he said.

Wallace said that he spoke with his American counterpart Mark Esper, adding “We urge all parties to engage to de-escalate the situation.”

“Under international law the United States is entitled to defend itself against those posing an imminent threat to their citizens,” he added.

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