August 22, 2019 / 2:06 PM / a month ago

FM says Norway deliberating response to U.S.' Gulf naval mission plan

Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide (R) and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attend a joint news conference after their meeting in Oslo, Norway, August 22, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Stian Lysberg Solum/ via REUTERS

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway’s foreign minister said on Thursday it was deliberating how to respond to a U.S proposal on forming an international mission to safeguard shipping in the Gulf.

Speaking at a joint news conference with her Iranian counterpart, Eriksen Soereide said the government was “considering a number of different measures” and would make an assessment based on information it gathered.

So far, Britain, Australia and Bahrain have joined the U.S.-led security mission to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway for global oil supplies.

Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis in Oslo; Writing by Tuqa Khalid in Dubai; editing by John Stonestreet

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