The risk of a military confrontation is higher in the Strait of Hormuz than anywhere else in the Persian Gulf region, Oman’s foreign minister said, due in part to the growing number of military vessels from different countries that are patrolling it.
Amita* knew she had to escape. After five months of being assaulted, starved and being forced to work for 20 hours a day as a domestic maid in a suburban house in Kuwait, the 45-year old from Nepal seized her chance. While the household slept, she climbed out of a downstairs bathroom window and fled.
Diplomatic sources say negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to resolve a bitter bilateral conflict and end a Persian Gulf regional diplomatic and economic rift have broke down soon after starting.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday Moscow has been urging Persian Gulf countries to consider a common security mechanism and that it was high time the world got rid of unilateral measures such as sanctions.
Zarif made the remarks while addressing the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on Sunday, where he said, “The disparities in power, geographic size, natural and human resources and the like among countries in our region have led to disastrous conclusions.”
Iran’s naval forces are closely watching the movement of any foreign vessel in the Persian Gulf waters, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has said, warning against the presence of extra-regional countries in that territory.