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"Coalition of Hope": Iran wants to present peace plan for the Gulf before UN

2019-09-22T08:41:30.900Z

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Tehran (AP) - Iranian President Hassan Ruhani wants to present a plan for security and peace in the Strait of Hormuz at the UN General Assembly in New York.

"With the Coalition of Hope initiative, we want to present a peace plan for the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz at the UN," Ruhani said at a military parade in Tehran on Sunday. In it, Iran wants to ensure the safety of navigation in the Persian Gulf with a coalition of the Gulf States and without foreign powers.

"The outside interference is problematic and dangerous for the Persian Gulf," Ruhani said. The question should be settled only regionally. For this Iran is ready to settle all differences with the Gulf States. Tehran wanted friendship and brotherhood with all the states in the region and "extend its hand," said the President, whose speech in New York is scheduled for Wednesday.

The Persian Gulf, and especially the Strait of Hormuz, which transports almost a third of world oil exports, has become more prevalent in recent months. The background is the conflict between the USA and Iran. In particular, it is about the US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions against Iran's oil export - the main source of income of the country.

"If one day the US really blocks the Iranian oil export, then oil will not be exported to the Persian Gulf at all," Ruhani said last year, indirectly threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz.

In July this year, Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Gulf, which has still not been released. Recently there were also more incidents. Since then, there have been heated discussions about the formation of an international military mission for safe navigation in the Persian Gulf and against Iran's military influence. The US has strengthened its military presence in the region.

Web portal of Iranian state television, Persian

Source: zeit

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