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Oman's top diplomat in Iran talks amid mounting Gulf tensions

DUBAI (Reuters) - Oman’s minister responsible for foreign affairs held talks with Iran's foreign minister on Saturday, Iranian state media reported, as tensions mount in the Gulf after Tehran detained a British-flagged oil tanker.

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Denmark backs Britain's proposed Hormuz naval mission

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said on Friday it welcomed the British government's proposal for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz and would consider a military maritime contribution.

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Britain begins escorting all UK vessels through Hormuz Strait

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has started sending a warship to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, a change in policy announced on Thursday after the government previously said it did not have resources to do so.

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UK moves to escort British flagged ships will secure transits - trade

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's decision to deploy a warship to accompany British-flagged vessels in the Middle East will provide greater safety for vital shipments, the UK's shipping association said on Thursday.

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U.S. warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.

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U.S. sees European maritime security effort in Gulf as 'complementary'

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes a proposed European initiative to bolster maritime security in the Gulf would complement ongoing U.S. efforts there instead of being a "stand-alone" operation, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday.

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Sweden in talks with Iran, UK, others over seized tanker

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden said on Wednesday it was holding talks with Iran, Britain and others over a Swedish-owned, British-flagged tanker seized last week by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Exclusive: Britain wins early European support for Hormuz naval mission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, proposed after Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday.

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Iran reassures Iraq over freedom of maritime navigation - ministry

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has reassured Iraq that there will be freedom of international maritime navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, Iraq's oil ministry said on Tuesday.

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Britain says won't compromise on freedom of navigation in Strait of Hormuz

LONDON (Reuters) - There cannot be compromise on freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz and Britain can work with the United States on its approach to the issue despite their differing views on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday.