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NATO Allies 'Support Efforts To De-Escalate' Tensions With Iran

It follows a series of incidents between the US and Iran in the Gulf region.

NATO HQ outside Credit BFBS 270619

NATO allies are standing with the United States to de-escalate the situation in the Gulf of Oman with Iran, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

It follows a series of incidents between in the Gulf, the first starting with an attack on a civilian oil tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Secretary General said it's "important" to keep the Strait of Hormuz open.

Mr Stoltenberg said:

"All allies share concerns when it comes to Iran destabilising activities in the region."

He added that the issue is "important for all NATO allies".

Mr Stoltenberg further backed the way the Americans have handled the situation: "The United States has so clearly stated that they do not want a war."

Mr Stoltenberg added that the US have been trying to sit down with Iran to de-escalate the rising tensions.

"Allies support efforts to de-escalate," he added.

Tensions with Iran have been running high since the United States pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal that world powers signed with Iran and applied crushing sanctions on the country's economy.