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An arm of the Indian Ocean in western Asia

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Persian Gulf: An arm of the Indian Ocean in western Asia
The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia. The body of water is an extension of the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Hormuz and lies between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. The Shatt al-Arab river delta forms the northwest shoreline.


America and Britain's presence in Gulf region brings insecurity: Iran revolutionary guards navy chief

The presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, Alireza Tangsiri, was reported as saying by the ILNA news agency.
Reuters - Published

Iran's Rouhani says Gulf countries can protect region’s security

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Iran and other Gulf states could protect the region’s security and foreign forces were not needed, state TV reported, repeating a longstanding rejection of..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Persian Gulf

Pompeo: U.S. seeking diplomatic resolution to Iran tensions [Video]Pompeo: U.S. seeking diplomatic resolution to Iran tensions

The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for "deterrence and defense," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:49Published

Trump can't expect others to be predictable: Iran's Zarif [Video]Trump can't expect others to be predictable: Iran's Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said that U.S. President Trump 'cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect other..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published


U.S. turning Gulf region into tinderbox: Iran's Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday accused the United States of turning the Gulf region into a "matchbox ready to ignite", according to Al Jazeera television.
Reuters - Published

P&O Cruises cancels Dubai and Gulf voyages amid Iran tensions

P&O Cruises has canceled cruises around Dubai and the Arabian Gulf after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region.
Reuters - Published

Iran says will not tolerate 'maritime offences' in Gulf

Iran runs security in the Strait of Hormuz and will no longer tolerate "maritime offences" there, its foreign minister said on Monday, a day after it seized a second oil tanker near the strategic..
Reuters - Published

No help from Australia yet for Persian Gulf shipping: ministers

Alongside Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, Mr Pompeo said the time was right for the US and Australia to do much more in the region.
The Age - Published

Russia senses U.S. wants pretext for Persian Gulf conflict: RIA

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it had the impression that the United States was looking for a pretext for conflict in the Persian Gulf, the RIA news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Oman not mediating in escalating regional tensions: Oman minister

Oman is not undertaking any mediation efforts around rising tensions in the Gulf region but is in contact with "all parties" in order to maintain stability in the Strait of Hormuz, Oman's minister in..
Reuters - Published

Oman's top diplomat in Iran talks amid mounting Gulf tensions

Oman’s minister responsible for foreign affairs held talks with Iran's foreign minister on Saturday, Iranian state media reported, as tensions mount in the Gulf between Tehran and Washington.
Reuters - Published

France, Germany, Britain working on maritime 'observation' mission in Gulf: Le Drian

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was working with European capitals to improve maritime security in the Persian Gulf but stopped short of backing Britain's call for a naval mission to..
Reuters - Published

Iran observes all U.S. ships in Gulf region: Iran navy chief

Iran observes all U.S. ships in the Gulf region and has an archive of images of their daily movements, the head of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said on Tuesday, according to the Young..
Reuters - Published

Kuwait calls for restraint after Iran seized British tanker: KUNA

Kuwait said on Sunday that it "follows with extreme concern" the latest escalation in the Gulf region, after Iran seized a British tanker, Kuwait's news agency (KUNA) reported.
Reuters - Published

Britain weighs response to Iran Gulf crisis with few good options

Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded..
Reuters - Published

Britain says Iran seizes two oil tankers in Gulf, Iran says captured one

Britain said Iran seized two oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday and told Tehran to return the vessels or face consequences in the latest confrontation to ratchet up tension along a vital international..
Reuters - Published

Indian warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf, but won't join U.S. coalition

Indian warships escorting merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf will remain deployed for the longer term, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said, as tensions between Iran and Western powers..
Reuters - Published

Iran's Revolutionary Guards impound foreign ship in the Gulf: state TV

Iran's Revolutionary Guards has seized a foreign ship smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran's elite force as saying in a statement on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Iran's guards say it seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf: TV

Iran has seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as saying on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Britain plans additional warship presence in Gulf

Britain will send a third warship to the Persian Gulf, though the move is not related to the current Iran crisis, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Britain to send third warship to Gulf: Times reporter

Britain will send a third warship and a navy tanker to the Persian Gulf but the move is not related to Iran crisis, a reporter at Britain's Times newspaper reported.
Reuters - Published

France, Britain and Germany say risks Iran nuclear deal could collapse

France, Britain and Germany said on Sunday they were preoccupied by the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf region and a risk of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal falling apart, calling for dialogue..
Reuters - Published

Kuwait moves to protect its ports amid Gulf tensions

Kuwait's navy and ports authority will prepare security plans to protect the key OPEC exporter's ports, state news agency KUNA said on Saturday, amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West.
Reuters - Published

Britain says three Iranian boats tried to block its ship in Gulf

Three Iranian vessels attempted to block the passage of a ship, the British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz, but withdrew after warnings from a British warship, the British government said on..
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Iran dismisses reports about seizure of a British oil tanker in Gulf: IRIB

Iran has dismissed as "fabricated" reports of the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Gulf, Iran's IRIB news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: UAE scales down military presence in Yemen as Gulf tensions flare

The United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence there as worsening U.S.-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home, four..
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China's Xi says Gulf stands at 'crossroads of war and peace'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday the Gulf region is now in a very sensitive situation and is "standing at a crossroads of war and peace", state media reported.
Reuters - Published

U.S. prods Iran for talks to ease Gulf tensions; Tehran dismisses sanctions threat

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not seeking war with Tehran after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in the Gulf region could spread uncontrollably and threaten..
Reuters - Published

Saudi Arabia says Iran has created 'very grave' situation in Gulf

Iran has created a grave situation and jeopardized global oil supplies with its aggressive behavior, Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the kingdom was..
Reuters - Published

Kuwait's ruler in Baghdad amid rising Gulf tensions

Kuwait's ruling emir arrived on a state visit to Iraq on Wednesday and is expected to discuss escalating regional tensions after attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Kuwait ruler to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA

Kuwait's ruling emir will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid escalating regional tensions after attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Senior Chinese diplomat urges all sides to ease Gulf region tension

China urges all sides to exercise restraint and ease tension in the Gulf region, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday, amid a standoff between Iran and United States following attacks on two oil..
Reuters - Published

Qatar PM to attend emergency Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia: Al Jazeera

Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani will attend an Arab summit in Saudi Arabia to discuss regional security, Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday, the highest level Qatari official..
Reuters - Published

GCC countries begin enhanced maritime security patrols: U.S. Fifth Fleet

Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) began "enhanced security patrols" in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf area on Saturday, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said on..
Reuters - Published

Britain warns of Iran-U.S. conflict, Pompeo meets Europeans

Iran and the United States could trigger a conflict by accident in an already unstable Gulf region, Britain's foreign minister said on Monday, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks in..
Reuters - Published

Gulf states, Egypt say will boycott parliament meet in Doha

Three Gulf Arab states and Egypt said they will not attend a global meeting of parliamentarians due to be held in Doha from Saturday because Qatar has not changed the kind of behavior which made them..
Reuters - Published

Saudi King Salman visits Bahrain

Saudi Arabia's King Salman visited Bahrain, a key ally and recipient of a $10 billion Gulf state bailout, on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments, Bahraini and Saudi state..
Reuters - Published

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