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U.S. Central Command chief General Kenneth McKenzie said it was talking to other countries about freedom of navigation in the Gulf and would work “aggressively” to find a solution.
The United States has upped its military presence in the Middle East over a perceived Iranian threat.
“We are currently talking with the international community about the right to freedom of navigation in the Middle East that will include passage to the Strait of Hormuz and passage to the Bab al Mandeb,” Mckenzie said.
The U.S. general was talking to reporters in Riyadh at a joint news conference with General Prince Fahd bin Turki.
“We have been doing that for the past few years and we have achieved great success in spite of some damage to civilian shipping,” Prince Fahd said. “So we’ve been active in this field, we are practicing this at the Red Sea at Bab al Mandeb.”
Washington and Riyadh have publicly blamed Iran for the recent tanker attacks, a charge Tehran denies.
“We don’t believe war with Iran is inevitable and we don’t seek a war with Iran, what we seek is to deter Iran from the destabilizing and malign activities across the region,” McKenzie said.