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Persian Gulf

An arm of the Indian Ocean in western Asia

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Persian Gulf: An arm of the Indian Ocean in western Asia
The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia. The body of water is an extension of the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Hormuz and lies between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. The Shatt al-Arab river delta forms the northwest shoreline.


India's communication satellite GSAT-30 successfully launched by ISRO

The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands through Ku-band and wide coverage covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia through C-ban
DNA - Published

Russia says urging Gulf nations to consider a joint security mechanism

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow has been urging Gulf countries to consider a common security mechanism for the region.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Persian Gulf

Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination [Video]Iran could retaliate with proxy forces, cyberattacks after assassination

Tehran has an array of options to hit back at U.S. targets and allies after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published

Qatar foreign minister: Gulf crisis has 'moved from stalemate' [Video]Qatar foreign minister: Gulf crisis has 'moved from stalemate'

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says he hopes talks with Saudi Arabia will lead to 'progress'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published


Japan pursues regional diplomacy to defuse Gulf tensions

Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should work together to de-escalate the tense situation in the Gulf, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Monday, relaying comments by Prime..
Reuters - Published

Qatar says its Gaza aid to continue through March 2020 at least

Qatar will continue providing humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip into next year, the gas-rich Gulf state's envoy to the Palestinian enclave said on Wednesday, a pledge that may help stave off conflict..
Reuters - Published

Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute, still believes in GCC

There has been small progress in resolving a bitter dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbors, the Gulf state's foreign minister said on Saturday, just days after its premier visited Saudi..
Reuters - Published

UAE calls for Iran talks with world powers, region

Iran should come to the negotiating table with world powers and Gulf countries to seek a new deal that would deescalate regional tensions and revive its economy, a senior United Arab Emirates official..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Gulf countries impose joint Iran-related sanctions on 25 targets

The United States and six Gulf countries agreed to jointly impose sanctions on 25 corporations, banks and individuals linked to Iran's support for militant networks including Hezbollah, the U.S...
Reuters - Published

PM Modi reaffirms India's support to diplomacy, dialogue for maintaining peace in Persian Gulf

PM Modi has reaffirmed India's support for giving priority to diplomacy, dialogue and confidence building for maintaining peace in the Persian Gulf amidst tensions in the region, as he held..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistan Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani cancels UAE visit after Gulf nation honours Narendra Modi, says report

Pakistan's Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday cancelled his official trip to the UAE, a day after Narendra Modi was honoured with the Gulf nation's highest civilian award during his visit to the..
Firstpost - Published

Article 370 move taken in completely democratic, transparent manner: PM Modi in UAE

Responding to a question on Article 370 and whether Gulf countries understand India's concerns, PM Modi said that Article 370 move is an internal matter which was taken in a completely democratic,..
DNA - Published

America and Britain's presence in Gulf region brings insecurity: Iran revolutionary guards navy chief

The presence of America and Britain in the Gulf region brings insecurity, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards navy, Alireza Tangsiri, was reported as saying by the ILNA news agency.
Reuters - Published

Iran's Rouhani says Gulf countries can protect region’s security

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Iran and other Gulf states could protect the region’s security and foreign forces were not needed, state TV reported, repeating a longstanding rejection of..
Reuters - Published

U.S. turning Gulf region into tinderbox: Iran's Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday accused the United States of turning the Gulf region into a "matchbox ready to ignite", according to Al Jazeera television.
Reuters - Published

A 34-month ordeal ends for two Indian seafarers aboard MV Tamim Aldar in the Persian Gulf

IndiaTimes - Published

P&O Cruises cancels Dubai and Gulf voyages amid Iran tensions

P&O Cruises has canceled cruises around Dubai and the Arabian Gulf after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region.
Reuters - Published

Iran says will not tolerate 'maritime offences' in Gulf

Iran runs security in the Strait of Hormuz and will no longer tolerate "maritime offences" there, its foreign minister said on Monday, a day after it seized a second oil tanker near the strategic..
Reuters - Published

Amid heightened tensions with US, Iran seizes yet another foreign tanker 'carrying smuggled fuel' from Persian Gulf

Tensions between arch-enemies Iran and the US have soared this year after Washington stepped up its campaign of 'maximum pressure' against Tehran.
Firstpost - Published

Russia senses U.S. wants pretext for Persian Gulf conflict: RIA

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it had the impression that the United States was looking for a pretext for conflict in the Persian Gulf, the RIA news agency reported.
Reuters - Published

Oman not mediating in escalating regional tensions: Oman minister

Oman is not undertaking any mediation efforts around rising tensions in the Gulf region but is in contact with "all parties" in order to maintain stability in the Strait of Hormuz, Oman's minister in..
Reuters - Published

Oman's top diplomat in Iran talks amid mounting Gulf tensions

Oman’s minister responsible for foreign affairs held talks with Iran's foreign minister on Saturday, Iranian state media reported, as tensions mount in the Gulf between Tehran and Washington.
Reuters - Published

France, Germany, Britain working on maritime 'observation' mission in Gulf: Le Drian

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was working with European capitals to improve maritime security in the Persian Gulf but stopped short of backing Britain's call for a naval mission to..
Reuters - Published

Iran observes all U.S. ships in Gulf region: Iran navy chief

Iran observes all U.S. ships in the Gulf region and has an archive of images of their daily movements, the head of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said on Tuesday, according to the Young..
Reuters - Published

Kuwait calls for restraint after Iran seized British tanker: KUNA

Kuwait said on Sunday that it "follows with extreme concern" the latest escalation in the Gulf region, after Iran seized a British tanker, Kuwait's news agency (KUNA) reported.
Reuters - Published

Britain weighs response to Iran Gulf crisis with few good options

Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded..
Reuters - Published

Britain says Iran seizes two oil tankers in Gulf, Iran says captured one

Britain said Iran seized two oil tankers in the Gulf on Friday and told Tehran to return the vessels or face consequences in the latest confrontation to ratchet up tension along a vital international..
Reuters - Published

Indian warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf, but won't join US coalition

Since June following attacks on tankers that the United States blamed on Iran and Iran-aligned fighters, a charged Tehran denies, the Indian navy ships have been escorting Indian-flagged vessels in and..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Iran contradicts Donald Trump's claim of 'destroying' drone, says it has 'no information' about incident

Tensions in the Gulf region mounted on Thursday as Donald Trump said an American naval vessel shot down an Iranian drone that threatened the ship as it was entering the Strait of Hormuz
Firstpost - Published

Iran's Revolutionary Guards impound foreign ship in the Gulf: state TV

Iran's Revolutionary Guards has seized a foreign ship smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran's elite force as saying in a statement on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Iran's guards say it seized a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf: TV

Iran has seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, state television quoted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as saying on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

9,771 complaints of torture filed by Indian workers in Gulf countries in 2019: S Jaishankar

IndiaTimes - Published

Britain plans additional warship presence in Gulf

Britain will send a third warship to the Persian Gulf, though the move is not related to the current Iran crisis, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Britain to send third warship to Gulf: Times reporter

Britain will send a third warship and a navy tanker to the Persian Gulf but the move is not related to Iran crisis, a reporter at Britain's Times newspaper reported.
Reuters - Published

Seized Iranian tanker will be released if oil isn't going to Syria, says UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt

Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees with the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said,..
Firstpost - Published

France, Britain and Germany say risks Iran nuclear deal could collapse

France, Britain and Germany said on Sunday they were preoccupied by the escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf region and a risk of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal falling apart, calling for dialogue..
Reuters - Published

Kuwait moves to protect its ports amid Gulf tensions

Kuwait's navy and ports authority will prepare security plans to protect the key OPEC exporter's ports, state news agency KUNA said on Saturday, amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West.
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Britain says three Iranian boats tried to block its ship in Gulf

Three Iranian vessels attempted to block the passage of a ship, the British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz, but withdrew after warnings from a British warship, the British government said on..
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Iran dismisses reports about seizure of a British oil tanker in Gulf: IRIB

Iran has dismissed as "fabricated" reports of the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Gulf, Iran's IRIB news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying.
Reuters - Published

India wants 'peace & stability' in Persian Gulf: Modi to Trump

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale gave greater clarity — India, he said, had told US clearly that complying with US sanctions on Iran had come at considerable cost to India. Given its energy, diaspora..
IndiaTimes - Published

Exclusive: UAE scales down military presence in Yemen as Gulf tensions flare

The United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence there as worsening U.S.-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home, four..
Reuters - Published

China's Xi says Gulf stands at 'crossroads of war and peace'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday the Gulf region is now in a very sensitive situation and is "standing at a crossroads of war and peace", state media reported.
Reuters - Published

Iran says talks with US impossible amid 'very dangerous' situation in Persian Gulf; Washington wants to negotiate

Iranian Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi called the new sanctions another indication of "US hostility" toward the Iranian people. He said the Trump administration should de-escalate tensions..
Firstpost - Published

U.S. prods Iran for talks to ease Gulf tensions; Tehran dismisses sanctions threat

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not seeking war with Tehran after a senior Iranian military commander warned any conflict in the Gulf region could spread uncontrollably and threaten..
Reuters - Published

US-Iran tensions: All you need to know about Gulf of Oman, shipping route for oil producing countries in Persian Gulf

Post an attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June 2019, serious concerns about the global oil supply have come to the fore.
Firstpost - Published

Saudi Arabia says Iran has created 'very grave' situation in Gulf

Iran has created a grave situation and jeopardized global oil supplies with its aggressive behavior, Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the kingdom was..
Reuters - Published

Kuwait's ruler in Baghdad amid rising Gulf tensions

Kuwait's ruling emir arrived on a state visit to Iraq on Wednesday and is expected to discuss escalating regional tensions after attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Kuwait ruler to visit Iraq amid Gulf tensions: KUNA

Kuwait's ruling emir will visit Iraq on Wednesday, state news agency KUNA reported, saying the trip comes amid escalating regional tensions after attacks on tankers near the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Senior Chinese diplomat urges all sides to ease Gulf region tension

China urges all sides to exercise restraint and ease tension in the Gulf region, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday, amid a standoff between Iran and United States following attacks on two oil..
Reuters - Published

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