Manama: Bahrain said on Wednesday that a meeting of world military representatives it is hosting later in the day is aimed at enhancing international coordination and “confronting” Iran’s destabilising acts in the Arabian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.

“Hosting this meeting emphasises the effective role that the Kingdom of Bahrain has been playing and its keenness to boost it by joint work and cooperation with brothers from the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as international allies and partners,” Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said, according to the official Bahraini news agency.

He added that such cooperation is aimed at safeguarding shipping trade and energy routes as well as enhancing stability in “this vital and strategic” region.

“The current phase with its challenges and threats to the region’s security makes it necessary for the regional and international efforts to be pooled together and for the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in deterring whatever threatens international security and peace,” he said without giving details on the meeting.

The Bahrain meeting is expected to discuss a British proposal for setting up a European-led mission to safeguard shipping through the vital Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a Britain-flagged oil tanker earlier this month.