Oman allows US military to use its ports
Oman on 24 March said it had signed an agreement with the US that would allow American ships and warplanes to take advantage of ports and airports.
The state-run Oman News Agency said the 'framework agreement' was aimed at bolstering 'Omani-American military relations' in a report on its English-language website.
It will allow the US forces to take advantage from the facilities offered at some of the Sultanate's ports and airports during visits of the US military vessels and aircrafts, particularly in the port of Duqm,' it said.
Duqm port is located in southern Oman on the Arabian Sea and around 500km from the Strait of Hormuz.
At the mouth of the Gulf, the strait is crucial to global energy supplies, with about a third of the world's seaborne oil passing through it every day.
Shiite Iran has repeatedly threatened to block the strait due to tensions with Sunni-ruled Gulf nations, including its main regional rival Saudi Arabia.
The narrow waterway is also an international transit route where US forces routinely pass and which has seen tense encounters between them and Iranian forces in the past.
The US has a number of military bases across the Gulf - the largest in Qatar with about 10,000 troops.
The US-Omani deal was signed by the defence ministries of both countries.
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