- Australia's prime minister said at a news conference in the capital, Canberra, that "such destabilizing actions have endangered Australia's legitimate interests in the region."
- The Japanese government has also said it is ready to monitor the freedom of shipping from the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.
- In contrast, EU member states have shown no willingness to participate in the alliance.
Australia has said it is ready to join the US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. On Wednesday, August 21, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country plans to join the US-led international coalition in the Persian Gulf and protect oil tankers and merchant ships “against threats posed by Iran.”
In recent months, following the explosion and attack on several oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, news of the failed attempt by the IRGC Navy boats to seize one British oil tanker, and to seize another oil tanker, raises concerns over the freedom of commercial shipping in the region and shakes the global markets.
Australia’s prime minister said at a news conference in the capital, Canberra, that “such destabilizing actions have endangered Australia’s legitimate interests in the region.” He added that “the government has come to the conclusion that it is in Australia’s interest to work with our international partners to maintain stability and security in the region.” Mr. Morrison added, “our involvement, in this case, is currently limited in scope and duration.”
The Australian prime minister said that at this point, the country was sending a Poseidon-type surveillance aircraft to the Middle East. The aircraft will be deployed before the end of this year. An Australian destroyer will fly to the Persian Gulf for a six-month mission starting next year.
Australia’s Partnership to Expand International Dimensions of US Coalition although, at present, only Britain is ready to engage directly in safeguards, South Korea has indicated a desire to safeguard freedom of navigation in the region, and Israel has said in intelligence terms, it will work with this coalition.
The Japanese government has also said it is ready to monitor the freedom of shipping from the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. The strait is under the control of the Houthi forces backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran in Yemen.
In contrast, EU member states have shown no willingness to participate in the alliance. Some of these countries have spoken of joint “European” measures to safeguard the freedom of shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, but no details have been released.
Australia has always been a major US ally in military operations abroad, including in US-led coalitions in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The US, which has a large military presence in the Persian Gulf after several incidents in the waters of the region, has claimed that Iran was involved in the incident, saying it wants to establish a seemingly international coalition to protect shipping in the region. It has also called on its allies to join.
The US government is trying to bolster its military presence in the Persian Gulf, which has been heavily criticized by Iran. European countries, which are also opposed to US sanctions on Tehran, have indicated that they are reluctant to join the Washington plan because they believe it is fueling tensions in the region.
Iranian officials have repeatedly insisted that foreign forces in the region should be withdrawn and the security of the Persian Gulf should be left to Iran and other regional actors.