Boris Johnson has asked Australia to join the international military coalition to protect shipping in the Gulf after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized a British flagged ship in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Royal Navy sent warship HMS Duncan and HMS Montrose a frigate to the troubled region to escort shipping through the area to avoid more hijackings by Iran.

In response to this P&O has on Thursday cancelled cruises around the Arabian Gulf and Dubai from October until March 2020.

P&O cruise ship Oceana has had 49 sailing cancelled which carries up to 2,000 passenger which will affect thousands of holidaymakers.

Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises president said, “As a British company flying the Red Ensign it is not advisable for us to maintain our planned Dubai and Arabian Gulf programme this winter season.

“We have therefore taken the unusual step of withdrawing Oceana from the region for the upcoming season.”

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said, I spoke to Boris Johnson last night and indicated to him that we were looking very closely at our participation in this initiative which we would see as an international, multi-national initiative, not a unilateral initiative by any one country.”

Adding, “We’ve engaged with both the United States and the United Kingdom in understanding what role Australia should play.

“We have made no decisions on this. It’s a while, I think, until these things come together.”

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