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Oman allows US military to use its ports

AFP  |  Muscat 

on Sunday said it had signed an agreement with the that would allow American ships and warplanes to take advantage of ports and airports.

The state-run 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.

is located in southern on the and around 500 kilometres (310 miles) from the

At the mouth of the Gulf, the strait is crucial to global energy supplies, with about a third of the world's 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

The narrow waterway is also an international transit route where American forces routinely pass and which has seen tense encounters between them and Iranian forces in the past.

The has a number of military bases across the Gulf -- the largest in with about 10,000 troops.

The US-Omani deal was signed by the defence ministries of both

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First Published: Mon, March 25 2019. 02:00 IST