On Firday, the United States said it was prepared to help Egypt try and remove the massive container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal. The ship, that has been there since Tuedsay, could be removed with a team of experts from the US Navy.
“As part of our active diplomatic dialogue with Egypt, we’ve offered US assistance to Egyptian authorities to help reopen the canal,” said White House Spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
She added, “We are consulting with our Egyptian partners about how we can best support their efforts”.
Navy Captain Bill Urban, the spokesman for the US Central Command, which operates across the Middle East, said they are ready to act if requested.
One of the US Central Command’s main missions in the region is to protect commercial ship traffic.
If Egypt makes a formal request, the team can be on the way on Saturday from Bahrain, the regional base of the US 5th Fleet