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Britain ready to free Iran tanker Grace 1 if it doesn't go to Syria

Devdiscourse News Desk | London | Updated: 13-07-2019 21:55 IST | Created: 13-07-2019 21:26 IST
Britain ready to free Iran tanker Grace 1 if it doesn't go to Syria
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UK Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has announced that Britain is ready to facilitate the release of the detained Iranian tanker Grace 1 on the condition that it does not go to Syria clarifying that Britain's concern was the destination, not the origin of the tanker.

He also said that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran told him Iran wants to resolve the issue and not escalate it. Hunt also appreciated the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo for his efforts.

The announcement has come as a sign of relief as there were doubts yesterday that the crisis may escalate after Britain announced it will be sending a second warship, HMS Duncan to the Gulf waters. Later the same day a senior Iranian cleric, Kazem Sedighi, reportedly said Britain will be "slapped in the face" for capturing Iranian tanker, calling on Britain to immediately release the oil tanker.

The tensions between the two countries started escalating last week when the UK marine officials detained Ithe Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar. The tanker, Grace 1, was reportedly carrying Iranian crude to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria supposedly breaching the European Union sanctions.

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