News ID: 302016
Published: 0134 GMT April 10, 2021

Efforts underway to release Iranian tanker seized by Indonesia: Spokesman

Efforts underway to release Iranian tanker seized by Indonesia: Spokesman

Tehran is proceeding with efforts to release an Iranian oil tanker that was seized in the Indonesian waters in January, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Speaking on Saturday, Saeed Khatibzadeh added consultations are underway for the release of the Iranian oil tanker ‘MT Horse’, Tasnim News Agency reported.

“The case is being pursued by engaging a lawyer and through legal proceedings, and will continue until achieving the final result,” he said.

The spokesman added “extensive investigations” suggest that the Iranian-flagged oil tanker had not committed any violations.

“Thus, authorities of the friendly state of Indonesia are expected to take action for the immediate settlement of the problem,” Khatibzadeh said.

Indonesian coast guard seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country’s territorial waters on January 24.

An Indonesian spokesman claimed the two tankers concealed their identity by not showing their national flags, turning off automatic identification systems and did not respond to a radio call.


Fishermen freed


Khatibzadeh also said seven Iranian fishermen, who were saved by Comoros’ coast guard following a storm, were released from the East African country.

He thanked the government of Comoros for helping the Iranian fishermen.

The spokesman said the fishermen, who were from Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, had been saved by the coast guard of Comoros off the coasts of the African nation a few weeks ago after a storm.

The Iranian fishermen were repatriated on Thursday, April 8, he added.




Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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