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Why is the Strait of Hormuz so strategically important?

  • Explaining the economic and geopolitical significance of the key waterway out of the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s single most important oil passageway, forming a chokepoint between the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

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The 39km strait is the only route to the open ocean for over one-sixth of global oil production and one-third of the world’s liquified natural gas (LNG).

The maritime area is in the news following explosions that damaged two oil tankers just a month after four other vessels were sabotaged nearby.

  • Where exactly is the Strait of Hormuz?

It lies between…

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