Gibraltar seeks to ease tanker standoff with Iran

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Gibraltar said on Tuesday it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the detention of the Grace 1 tanker.

British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria, which Tehran denies.

“We continue to seek to de-escalate issues arising since the lawful detention of Grace 1,” a spokesman for Gibraltar said. The current detention order on the vessel expires on Saturday night, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden

Source:www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-tanker-gibraltor/gibraltar-seeks-to-ease-tanker-standoff-with-iran-idUSKCN1V30O1