Australia is participating in an American mission to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday that his country will deploy a naval ship, reports Australian broadcaster ABC .
The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow waterway near Iran through which many oil tankers sail. There have been several incidents of cargo ships in the area lately, such as the seizure of British tanker Stena Impero by the Iranians.
Morrison said it is harmful to Australia if shipping in the area is hindered. He pointed out that much of the oil destined for his country was brought through the Strait of Hormuz. "So it's a potential danger to our economy."
Earlier, the United Kingdom also indicated that it would join the US mission. The relationship between the US and Iran has deteriorated since President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the atomic agreement with Tehran.
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