Nato monitoring Iran warships

2011-02-23 16:30
Brussels - The Nato military alliance said on Wednesday it was monitoring two Iranian warships that have entered the Mediterranean Sea, a presence that has unnerved Israel.

"We follow events in the region and we follow these two Iranian warships with as much interest as we do any other warships in the region," said Nato spokesperson Oana Lungescu.

"We are monitoring events," she told reporters, refusing to elaborate.

The US State Department said earlier that Washington would be "watching carefully to see where these ships go and the implications of that".

The Iranian ships sailed through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday at a time of upheaval in Europe's Arab neighbourhood.

It was the first time Iranian vessels entered the canal since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

En route for Syria, it took them past Israeli territorial waters and Israel put its navy on high alert, saying it would respond immediately to any "provocation".

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