UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero is free to leave – Iranian govt spokesperson
Published time: 23 Sep, 2019 09:08 Edited time: 23 Sep, 2019 09:19
An Iranian official has confirmed that all legal steps to facilitate the release of the UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero have been completed and the vessel is free to leave.
Officials said on Sunday that the tanker, which is owned by Swedish shipping firm Stena Bulk, would be released soon after 65 days of detention.
The tanker was seized by Iranian authorities as it entered the Strait of Hormuz in mid-July during an escalating diplomatic spat between Tehran and London.
Tensions rose after British commandos and Gibraltar’s authorities seized an Iranian oil tanker on 4 July which they suspected of transporting fuel to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
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