The Kuwaiti Port Authority (KPA) and Defense Ministry signed a cooperation protocol on measures for ensuring nationwide protection of the country’s ports by Navy amid growing escalation in the Persian Gulf, the KPA Director General Yusuf Abdullah Sabah said on Saturday.
On Thursday, US Army Gen. Mark Milley said the United States and its allies were discussing providing military escorts for oil tankers in the Persian.
“The protocol was signed at a time the region is experiencing a critical security condition. Therefore, we need collaboration of efforts between the two sides [KPA and Navy] in order to maintain security of Kuwaiti sea ports, and to make sure we are ready for any emergency,” Sabah said, as cited by the KUNA news agency.
The agreement provides for military training of Kuwaiti Navy forces to tow and guide ships on their way to or from the country’s ports, Sabah added.
On Wednesday, US media claimed that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attempted to seize a UK oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif firmly denied the allegations, stressing that such claims aimed to escalate tensions.