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U.S. defense chief comments on coalition to defend sea lanes in Middle East

  • September 6, 2019
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NHK reported on remarks made to the press corps in London on Thursday by visiting Defense Secretary Esper, who was asked about the “absence of broad support” from the international community for the U.S. proposal to form a coalition to defend strategic waterways in the Middle East. The secretary reportedly suggested that the launch of the coalition may take some time given that the potential members are still weighing their options and some are apparently seeking parliamentary endorsement for participation. He reportedly noted that Washington will continue to urge more countries to follow the lead of the UK, Bahrain, and Australia, which have already announced they will participate.

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