August 14, 2019 / 8:11 AM / 10 days ago

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

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, August 14, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - 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 a U.S. maritime security mission in the region.

The United States has launched a maritime security mission in the Gulf backed by Britain after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel there last month.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Peter Graff

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