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Iraq slams Israel participation in Gulf naval mission

Iraq slams Israel participation in Gulf naval mission

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim wrote on Twitter yesterday that Iraq "rejects any participation of forces of the Zionist entity [Israel] in any military force to secure passage of ships in the Arabian Gulf".

He added that Iraq was "seeking to reduce tensions in the region through negotiations, while the presence of Western forces in the region is increasing them". All the US' allies except for the United Kingdom have so far refused to join the coalition.

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Thursday said that "Operation Sentinel" would "increase insecurity" in the region, and that Israel's involvement would have "disastrous consequences". Special Aide to the President of the Islamic Parliament, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, wrote on Twitter last week that if Israel does get involved in the global coalition in the Straits of Hormuz, then "it will be engulfed in wrath of the region and its smoke will rise from Tel Aviv".

Last week, the Israeli government said it is planning to cooperate with an American initiative to provide protection for commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf region.

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Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned against any Israeli presence in the Gulf region, Press TV reported Monday.

In this file photo taken on April 30, 2019, Iranian soldiers take part in the "National Persian Gulf Day" in the Strait of Hormuz. Six oil tankers were targeted with explosives in the Gulf of Oman in unclaimed acts of sabotage that the U.S. blamed on Iran. "But we are committed to upholding freedom of navigation and reassuring global shipping, which this deployment on operations aims to do", said Andy Brown, the ship's commanding officer.

The ship seizures came after British Royal Marines helped to impound a tanker carrying Iranian oil off the British overseas territory of Gibraltar on July 4, alleging it was destined for EU-sanctioned Syria, an accusation Iran denies.