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Hormuz straits in southern Iran, the most secure shipping region in the world says an Iranian leader

The Strait of Hormuz in Southern Iran where nearly eighty per cent of the world's crude supplies emanate is the most secure shipping region in the world, leader of the Iranian delegation told the International Maritime Organisation, according Iranian official news agency IRNA

Iran's minister for road and urban development Mohammad Rastad made the remarks in a meeting with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on November 30.

Referring to the role of Iran in maintenance of security in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, the Minister said that the presence of the Iranian Naval forces in the region has contributed to the establishment of security for navigation in regional waters.

Rastad also voiced Iran's readiness to cooperate with other littoral states under the supervision of IMO to establish security in the Caspian Sea.

Iranian minister's statement at a global forum assumes significance since its political rival Saudi Arabia is engaged in a major confrontation in Yemen making the movement of ships a problem.

The 30th biennial meeting of the IMO opened in the British capital on Monday. During IMO meetings, the safety, environmental and security issues pertaining international navigation are discussed and the needed decisions are made.

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