August 30, 2019 / 1:17 PM / 22 days ago

Turkey now says Iranian tanker heading to Lebanese waters, not port

FILE PHOTO: Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a preparatory meeting for the GCC, Arab and Islamic summits in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali/File Photo

OSLO/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday he wanted to clarify that an Iranian tanker at the centre of a dispute between Washington and Tehran was headed towards Lebanese territorial waters, not a Lebanese port.

Earlier on Friday, the minister told Reuters the ship was headed to Lebanon’s main port. “I didn’t mean that this tanker is going to a Lebanese port, but according to the information coordinates it is heading to the territorial waters of the country,” he told reporters later at an Oslo forum.

“It doesn’t mean that it is going to reach a Lebanese port. But for sure...it is not coming to Turkish ports either.”

Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis in Oslo and Jonathan Spicer in Istanbul; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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