Iran Says Greek Tanker Sailors Haven’t Been Arrested
“All crew members of the two Greek ships are in full health and protected on board in accordance with international law, and they are provided with the necessary services,” the Iranian maritime body said in a statement on Saturday.
He added that the two Greek tankers had been seized due to maritime violations and noted that the matter was being investigated based on evidence and documents, Press TV reported.
Necessary legal actions will be taken after the process is completed, the PMO said.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a party to the 2006 Maritime Labor Convention, fulfills its commitments to all seafarers, including guest seafarers,” the statement added.
The IRGC said in a statement on Friday that it had seized two Greek tankers in the Persian Gulf for violations, days after an Iranian tanker was captured by Greece in its territorial waters and its oil cargo was transferred in the USA.
The Greek Foreign Ministry said later Friday that Iranian navy helicopters had landed gunmen on the two tankers earlier in the day.
One of them, the Delta Poseidon, was sailing in international waters at the time, the ministry said, adding that the second tanker was near the Iranian coast when it was seized.
The ministry also said nine Greeks were among the crews of the two ships, but did not give a number of other sailors on board.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday that Tehran and Athens have always maintained ancient ties based on mutual respect, which should not be hampered by deeply myopic miscalculations on the orders of a third, referring to the United States.
“Our relations should not be hampered by deeply short-sighted miscalculations, including highway robbery by order of a third party,” Khatibzadeh said in a tweet.
He added that Iran’s ancient ties with Greece and its great people have always been based on mutual respect.
The Iranian spokesman also confirmed that the crew members of the two seized Greek tankers “are safe and sound”.