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Iran freed part of crew of British tanker Stena Impero

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Iranian authorities released part of the crew of the British tanker Stena Impero, detained in June, owned by a Swedish company.

“Part of the crew of Stena Impero was released,”  the Swedish Foreign Ministry as saying.  However, the diplomatic department did not specify exactly how many sailors were released, as well as their citizenship.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Wednesday welcomed the release on Twitter.  “We note with relief the release of some members of the crew of a Swedish company owned and flying the flag of the United Kingdom tanker Stena Impero,” she said. “We expect the release of the entire crew. This was one of the topics of my frank conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the press officer of the Iranian embassy in Russia Andrei Ganenko told that the Iranian authorities decided to release seven crew members of the British tanker Stena Impero, among whom are Russians.  Erik Honell, head of the Stena Bulk tanker company, said that Tehran is only releasing seven out of 23 crew members, as 15 of the remaining sailors are needed to operate the vessel.  The shipowner did not specify the status of one more person.

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