US aircraft carrier passes through Suez Canal

The Egyptian cabinet said in a Thursday (May 9th) statement that US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has passed through Egypt's Suez Canal, Ahram Online reported.

The White House said earlier this week that the deployment is in response to troubling "indications and warnings" from Iran.

The movement of the warship was observed by US Maj. Gen. Ralph Groover, senior defence official and defence attaché at the US embassy in Cairo, "who came specially to check up on the safe passage" of the carrier, the cabinet said.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton said the move aimed to send a "clear and unmistakable message" that the US will retaliate with "unrelenting force" to any attack.

Groover met with Mohab Mamish, head of the Suez Canal Authority, and praised Egypt's "efficient security procedures" to ensure the safe passage of ships through the canal, the cabinet's statement said.

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Can the Suez Canal be used for the passage of warships, or is it restricted to commercial vessels? Would Egypt be considered a party to any military action that may take place against Iran? What is the position of the international law from that?