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Persian Gulf

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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30.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what length of stay he envisages for the Gulf task force.

The Armilla patrol will remain in the region for as long as British shipping remains under serious threat as a result of the Iran — Iraq conflict. However, we keep that presence under constant review and make necessary adjustments in the light of current circumstances.

35.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will initiate international discussions to ensure the right of peaceful navigation through the Persian Gulf.

There is already close co-operation between western countries which maintain naval forces in the Gulf in order to help ensure freedom of navigation. We encourage all countries with an interest in the region to contribute by whatever means they can to upholding this vital principle.