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 (hôr-mo͞oz′, hôr′mŭz′), Strait of also Strait of Or·muz (ôr-mo͞oz′, ôr′mŭz′)
A strategic waterway linking the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman. The narrow strait controls oceangoing traffic to and from the oil-rich Gulf States.
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(hɔːˈmuːz; ˈhɔːmʌz) or


(Placename) an island off the SE coast of Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz: ruins of the ancient city of Hormuz, a major trading centre in the Middle Ages. Area: about 41 sq km (16 sq miles)
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(hɔrˈmuz, ˈhɔr mʌz)

also Ormuz

Strait of, a strait between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, connecting the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
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Summary: London [UK], Aug 30 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will discuss ways to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and the situation involving international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz with the leaders of European Union, the UK Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday.
Following the commencement of so called Operation Sankalp, Indian media was replete with statements about Indian Navy teams boarding Indian flag carriers and ensuring their safety in endangered Strait of Hormuz Area.
A series of attacks and detentions for oil cargo ships this year have made the Strait of Hormuz a geopolitical hotspot once again, harkening back 35 years to the so-called "tanker wars," part of the Iran-Iraq War.
"Iran plays the most important role in the establishment of security in the Strait of Hormuz. The result of any US military coalition in the Strait of Hormuz will be repetition of the bitter story of occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and exacerbation of insecurity in the region," Amir Abdollahian wrote on his twitter page on Friday.
On the contrary, the sole superpower, America has been ratcheting up the tension and causing the disputes in the international waters as in the Strait of Hormuz after, withdrawal of the US from Iran nuclear deal.
Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA CAIRO -- 7 August 2019: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars," threatening that shipping might not be safe in the Strait of Hormuz oil waterway.
The meeting, details of which were not revealed to the media, was held at the request of Britain, which invited representatives from the US, France and other European countries to discuss creating an international coalition to safeguard shipping through the Strait of Hormuz.
While dozens of oil tankers travel through the Strait of Hormuz
The guards are quoted to have said that the tanker "violated three international naval regulations" including "turning off a GPS locator, breaking the traffic pattern in the Strait of Hormuz and polluting the water by dumping crude oil residue".
Raab's statements came following the announcement that London intends to send more troops to the Gulf region as part of UK's efforts for safeguarding the maritime navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. The British force will be located in Bahrain.
ASECOND warship has arrived in the Strait of Hormuz to protect British ships as the Iranian seizure of a tanker goes into its second week.
Oman and Iran are coordinating navigation in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway that links the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi said, APA reports citing Sputnik.