Saudi Arabia joins global maritime body to secure regional security

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RIYADH, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia has joined the International Maritime Security Construct, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

An official from Saudi Defense Ministry highlighted that the global alliance aims to ensure freedom of maritime navigation and international trade.

It also aims to protect the interests of the alliance's member countries in order to enhance the security and safety of merchant ships passing through the corridors.

The Construct's area of operation covers Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab Strait, Sea of Oman and the Gulf.

Saudi's joining to this international alliance comes in support of regional and international efforts to deter and counter threats to maritime navigation and global trade.

The kingdom also aims to contribute to ensuring global energy security and the continued flow of energy supplies to global economy and maintaining international peace and security, the official added.

The Gulf has witnessed in recent months attacks against oil tankers and other ships navigating the regional seas.

In May, explosions damaged oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz after the energy infrastructures in the region have been repeatedly targeted.

The attacks culminated with the assault last Saturday on the world's biggest oil processor in eastern Saudi Arabia, which halved the oil-rich kingdom's production and caused energy prices to spike. Enditem

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