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Iran calls on Japan not to participate in the international coalition in the Gulf

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iran has called on Japan not to participate in the international coalition the United States is trying to form to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

This came during Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday in the Japanese city of Yokohama, Kyodo News reported Thursday.

The Iranian foreign minister, that Washington’s formation of the international coalition will increase the presence of foreign powers in the region and thus increase instability there.

The two sides discussed the issue of Tehran’s suspension of exports of crude oil to Japan because of US sanctions on Iran.

The United States blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf in May and June, saying it would form an international alliance to ensure security in the Gulf.

Countries such as Australia, Britain and Israel have joined the US-led coalition to protect ships in the Gulf.

Tensions escalated in the region on July 19, after Iran announced the detention of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, “to violate the regulations on traffic,” hours after a court in Gibraltar announced the extension of the detention of an Iranian oil tanker for 30 days.

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