Written by Parisa Ghobbeh, NIAC
Washington DC - Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), the two lead sponsors of H.Con.Res.94, delivered speeches this morning on the House floor announcing growing support for an Incidents-at-Sea agreement with Iran. Among the members now supporting the bipartisan resolution is Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Seapower Subcommittee.
The resolution comes in response to the incidents in January of 2008 in the Strait of Hormuz between American and Iranian vessels which nearly escalated into an armed conflict between the two countries. Rep. Davis today urged his colleagues to join him and Chairman Conyers "in support of this common-sense resolution to enhance the safety of American sailors through negotiation of a military-to-military- 'Incidents at Sea' agreement between the United States and Iran." According to Davis, "this agreement would promote U.S. national security interests and protect American vessels and sailors operating in these dangerous waters."
In his speech, Rep. Conyers stated that the resolution would help to avoid "any incidents which could start a war." Calling the agreement "very pragmatic," Conyers pointed to a similar agreement that the United States signed during the Cold War to prevent incidents with the Soviet Union.
Both Davis and Conyers have stressed the importance of preventing future naval interactions with Iran from escalating into armed conflict due to miscommunication or misunderstandings.
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