News ID: 321899
Published: 0132 GMT May 27, 2022

Iran summons Swiss envoy over US seizure of Iranian oil

Iran summons Swiss envoy over US seizure of Iranian oil

Iran on Friday summoned the envoy of Switzerland, which represents US interests in Tehran, to protest against the US seizure of Iranian oil from a Russian-operated ship near Greece.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry called for the immediate release of the ship and its cargo, IRNA reported.

"The Islamic Republic expressed its deep concern over the US government's continued violation of international laws and international maritime conventions," the ministry said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Iran summoned the Greek charge daffaires over the matter.

A day later, a Greek official said that following a judicial intervention by US authorities concerning the ships cargo” the ships oil was being transferred to another vessel off the port of Karystos on the Aegean Sea island of Evia, AP reported.

Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday that the US plans to send the cargo to the United States aboard another vessel.

IRNA quoted Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization as saying the tanker had sought refuge along the Greek coast after experiencing technical problems and poor weather, adding that the seizure of its cargo was "a clear example of piracy".


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