UK rightly concerned about protecting goods in Strait of Hormuz: defense minister

British defense minister Penny Mordaunt, left, said Britain wants to send a clear message for Iran to step back and de-escalate. (AFP)
Updated 18 July 2019

UK rightly concerned about protecting goods in Strait of Hormuz: defense minister

  • Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained
  • Britain earlier seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

LONDON: Britain is rightly concerned about protecting its goods in the Strait of Hormuz, defense minister Penny Mordaunt said on Thursday following tensions with Iran over the passage of vessels in the Gulf.
Relations between Tehran and the West have been increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar and London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the strait between Iran and the Arabian peninsula.
“We are rightly concerned about protecting our goods in the Straits of Hormuz,” she said.


Lebanon presidency delays consultations to name prime minister

Updated 16 min 24 sec ago

Lebanon presidency delays consultations to name prime minister

  • The delay is to allow for more discussion on the government formation

BEIRUT: The Lebanese presidency said it delayed consultations to designate a new prime minister until Thursday in response a request from caretaker Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, who had been expected to be named premier again.
The delay to the consultations, which had been due to take place on Monday, was to allow for “more consultation on the subject of the government formation,” the presidency said on its Twitter feed.