Following the maritime security incidents of attacks on oil tankers in Persian Gulf June this year, Indian Navy instead of joining US led force deployed two of its surface combatants in the area to provide support for Indian-flagged vessels operating and transiting through Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman
The strategic role of the port of Chabahar in connecting the ports located by the Caspian Sea to the Gulf of Oman
has convinced Russian officials specially President Putin to use it as a route to transit goods to other countries and the Indian subcontinent in particular, Sergei said while inspecting the strategic port which is located in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan.
"Indian Navy warships and commandos operating in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman
to provide protection to Indian merchant vessels and oil tankers as part of 'Operation Sankalp'," said an official release from Indian navy.
The safety precautions are being taken after the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order to ban American carriers from flying over Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman
, both which are in Iran-controlled airspace.
"Etihad Airways subsequently suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman
, and will use alternative flight paths on a number of routes to and from Abu Dhabi until further notice," it added.
The US Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, issued an emergency order on Thursday prohibiting US air carriers from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman
due to heightened tensions.
THE US has barred American-registered aircraft from flying over Iranian-administered airspace in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman
after the Revolutionary Guard shot down a US military surveillance drone, affecting a region crucial to global air travel.
The Philippine government on Thursday expressed its appreciation to friendly governments for the rescue of a total of 32 Filipino seafarers who are crew members of the two disabled oil tankers sailing through the Gulf of Oman
Baghdad, (NINA) - High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini called on Monday for utmost restraint in the wake of events in the Gulf of Oman
. "We call for calm to the situation after the attack on oil tankers and non-escalation in the region, and everyone should use wisdom in an area that does not require additional tensions," Mogherini said in a press statement before the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg.
"The Iranian regime did not respect the presence of the Japanese prime minister as a guest in Tehran and responded to his (diplomatic) efforts by attacking two tankers, one of which was Japanese," Prince Mohammed told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, referring to the attacks in the Gulf of Oman
Attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman
, which the United States blamed on Iran, have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region.
Iran fired a surface-to-air missile at an American drone flying over the Gulf of Oman
on Thursday, Pentagon sources say.