Iran To Continue Oil Exports Under Any Circumstances - Foreign Minister
Sumaira FH 9 days ago Sun 14th July 2019 | 02:10 AM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th July, 2019) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a phone conversation with UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Saturday stressed that Iran would continue oil exports under any circumstances and urged London to immediately release the Grace 1 oil tanker, detained last week by the Gibraltar law enforcement agencies over suspected transfer of oil to Syria in circumvention of EU sanctions.
Zarif, in turn, stressed that Iran would continue oil exports under any circumstances and urged the United Kingdom to immediately release the super tanker, the local Mehr news agency reported, citing the foreign minister of Iran.
On July 4, the government of Gibraltar said its law enforcement agencies, assisted by Royal Marines, had detained an Iranian super tanker loaded with two million barrels of crude oil. Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said that his government "had reasons to believe" that the tanker was headed to the Banyas Refinery, which belongs to an entity that is subject to the EU sanctions against Syria. Iran has denied that Grace 1 transported oil to Syria.