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New Delhi Asks Iran To Free 18 Indians On Seized British Oil Tanker

New Delhi Asks Iran To Free 18 Indians On Seized British Oil Tanker

India has asked the Iranian Government to free 18 sailors who are working on the British oil Tanker which was seized by the Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz.

On Saturday, India has reached out to the Iranian Government so that they could secure the release of the 18 crew members which are working on the British oil Tanker. The oil tanker was seized by the Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz.

Just a day after the soldiers of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had boarded and seized the oil tanker Stena Impero; Raveesh Kumar, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, said, “We are ascertaining further details on the incident. Our [Embassy] is in touch with the Government of Iran to secure the early release and repatriation of Indian nationals.”

An Iranian official stated that out of the detained crew members 18 crew members including the ship’s captain are Indians, and other officials belong to Russia, Philippines, and Latvian.

Iranian authorities said that the tanker was impounded off Bandar Abbas Port, with all its 23 crew aboard because it broke the “international maritime rules” as it collided with a fishing boat.

According to Britain, another ship has been seized in the Persian Gulf — the Liberian-flagged Mesdar. The armed personnel temporarily boarded this vessel, but later on, they were left free; all the crew member are safe- says the Mesdar’s British owner.

In Delhi, the Iranian Embassy has said that they don’t have any other information on the charges against the arrested Indians, but they are sure that Iran will protect them. Based on the goodwill which exists between Iran and India, the two countries protect the nationals of the other side, and this is not a matter of concern.

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