Washington: America mentioned Friday it was ready to assist Egypt attempt to dislodge the huge container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal since Tuesday, with a group of US Navy consultants which could possibly be deployed shortly if requested.
“As a part of our energetic diplomatic dialogue with Egypt, we have provided US help to Egyptian authorities to assist reopen the canal,” mentioned White Home Spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“We’re consulting with our Egyptian companions about how we are able to finest help their efforts,” she mentioned, calling these consultations “ongoing.”
Navy Captain Invoice City, the spokesman for the US Central Command, which operates throughout the Center East, mentioned they’re able to act if requested.
“We have now provided and stand prepared to help Egypt, and can look to help any particular request we obtain,” he mentioned in a press release.
“We proceed to watch and assess the scenario, however don’t have anything to supply on any potential particular help at the moment.”
One of many US Central Command’s principal missions within the area is to guard business ship visitors.
Based on a US protection official who insisted on remaining nameless, Washington has provided to ship a group of Navy consultants to assist.
If Egypt makes a proper request, the group may be on the best way on Saturday from Bahrain, the regional base of the US fifth Fleet.
Thus far, the official mentioned, there has not been any approval for such a transfer.
The US navy can even give help and recommendation to ships which, blocked from utilizing the canal, go for the lengthy journey across the southern tip of Africa, which might take them by way of waters menaced by pirates.
“We are able to definitely do advising, however we can not escort all of them,” the official mentioned.
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