August 13, 2019 / 7:44 AM / 7 days ago

Iran says Britain might release Grace 1 oil tanker soon - IRNA

DUBAI, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday that Britain might free its oil tanker Grace 1 soon, after some documents were exchanged that would help the seized ship’s release.

“Britain is interested in releasing Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1 ... following the exchange of some documents, we hope the release will take place soon,” the deputy head of Iran’s ports and Maritime Organisation, Jalil Eslami, said in remarks reported by IRNA news agency.

British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi Editing by Peter Graff)

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