The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Peninsular Spain in Europe from Morocco and Ceuta in Africa.
The Gibraltar government on Thursday released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, with 24 Ind on board, more than a month after it was seized on suspicion it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.
India is in close touch with the Gibraltar port authorities for the release of 24 Ind on board the Grace 1 Iranian oil tanker seized in the Strait of Gibraltar by British marines last month.
27 India along with foreign ministers of BRICS member states expressed concern over the heightened tensions in the Gulf region that has led to Iran and Britain seizing each others' oil tankers with around 45 Indian sailors on board waiting to be released.
All 24 Ind on board the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 seized by British marines in the Strait of Gibraltar are safe, Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday said that the UK needed to stop acting as an "accessory" to the US sanctions against his country, a call that comes a day after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.
Jeremy Hunt, the UK's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and also one of the two Conservative leadership contenders, has said that Britain would facilitate the release of the Iranian oil tanker if given guarantees that the vessel "would not be going to Syria".
Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Thursday dismissed a claim that Iranian boats tried to intercept a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf region.
The UK's Ministry of Defence on Thursday expressed concern over an incident where Iranian boats tried to intercept a British oil tanker near the Gulf region, before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship.