Australien har besluttet at deltage i den amerikanske flådeoperation i Hormuz-strædet. Det skriver The Guardian:
[Prime minister] Morrison said about 15% of crude oil and 30% of refined oil destined for Australia came through the Strait of Hormuz, meaning instability in the region was also an economic threat that needed to be confronted.
“Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law,” he said.
“All states have a right to expect safe passage of their maritime trade consistent with international law.”
Australia has committed a frigate, surveillance and patrol aircraft and personnel to the Middle East as part of the US-led mission, known as the international maritime security construct (IMSC).
Det er et temmelig svagt og tidsbegrænset mandat som den australske styrke stiller med. Det afspejler at Australien lige som så mange andre lande er ambivalente i forhold til hvordan de skal håndtere situationen.