NATO Calls On Iran To Release Seized Commercial Ships, Crew Members
Sumaira FH 5 months ago Sun 21st July 2019 | 05:40 AM
On Friday, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Iranian forces had seized two tankers: a Liberian-flagged one and a UK-flagged one in the Strait of Hormuz. The owner of the UK oil tanker Stena Impero subsequently said there were 23 crew members, including three Russian nationals, on board of the detained vessel. The owner of the Liberian-flagged vessel Mesdar subsequently said the armed personnel boarded the ship but allowed it to continue its passage later in the day.
NATO has also condemned the incident, calling it a threat to the freedom of navigation.
"We condemn the seizure of two commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. This represents a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation," the statement added.