Major Middle East shipping routes secure despite turmoil: U.S.

February 23, 2015 8:18 AM

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ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Shipping corridors used by Gulf energy exporters are not at risk from violence and political volatility in Yemen and the seizure of swathes of territory in the region by Islamic State militants, a senior U.S. naval officer said on Monday.

Vice Admiral John Miller, Commander of U.S. Naval Central Command, told a conference in Abu Dhabi that a "robust" U.S. and international maritime presence was helping to minimize threats to oil-producing countries in the region.

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