News ID: 256121
Published: 1007 GMT July 21, 2019

Minister: Saudi Arabia releases Iran’s oil tanker

Minister: Saudi Arabia releases Iran’s oil tanker

Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami confirmed on Sunday that an Iranian oil tanker seized by Saudi Arabia was released.

The oil tanker belongs to the National Iranian Tanker Company, according to IRNA.

On May 2, Saudi Arabia announced that its coastguard rescued a distressed Iranian oil tanker with 26 onboard off the Red Sea port of Jeddah, after it faced "engine failure and the loss of control."

According to Iranian officials, the incident occurred on April 30 while the ship, named Happiness I, was on its way to the Suez Canal and that water had leaked into the tanker’s engine room.

Happiness I had been held in the Saudi port for more than 11 weeks.

Despite being fixed, Saudis were refusing to let the vessel leave, and at the same time were demanding that Iran pay $200,000 a day for maintaining the vessel in Jeddah.

However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi appreciated efforts by the authorities of Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Oman to secure the safe return of Iran’s oil tanker as well as return of a wounded member of the crew of another Iranian ship, named Saviz, to Iran for treatment.






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