Annual trade between Dubai and the UK is worth around US $9.6 billion, and the UAE as a whole is Britain’s sixth biggest overseas market
Iran’s ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, confirmed in a post on Twitter that the oil tanker was headed to international waters.
Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, said earlier that the tanker was free to leave as soon as it had organised its logistics
The deployment was first announced last month and will see the Kent relieve another British ship, HMS Duncan, already working in the region
The statement was made by the new foreign secretary, Dominic Raab in relation to Iran’s capture of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.
UK Defence Ministry takes action after Iranian soldiers seized a tanker in the Gulf region
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says seeking to put together a maritime mission as Iran tensions grow
Oman and Saudi Arabia have called on Iran to release the Stena Impero, which was impounded with its 23 crew members at the port of Bandar Abbas
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard boarded the vessel via helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz, accusing the vessel of breaking maritime navigational regulations.
The UAE is monitoring the situation with international partners
British Airways cancelled or rerouted direct flights from the UAE to the UK
A security level of 3 means that there is an imminent risk of an attack on a UK ship, according to the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) security code.
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