The authorities of Gibraltar have released the Iranian tanker, the Grace 1, at the center of a diplomatic conflict between Tehran and London.

It was not known at once why the Gibraltar court had ordered the release of the ship.

Earlier Thursday, the US government asked to officially seize the Gibraltar-controlled vessel.


the Grace 1, carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil, were seized by the Royal Marines last month, while the UK said it wanted to deliver oil to Syria, in violation of EU sanctions.

Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, is reported to have lifted the detention order and said the Iranian government had "officially assured in writing" that the vessel would not unload its cargo in Syria, according to the local newspaper. Gibraltar Chronicle.

according to ReutersGibraltar stated that there was "no more reason to continue to Grace 1 detained ", and the United States' request for formal seizure of the vessel was made by the legal aid authorities" who would make an objective determination ".

The British detention of the Iranian ship prompted Iran to seize the British-flagged tanker Stena Imperowhich remains under the control of the country.

the Grace 1The captain, an Indian national, and three officers were also released Thursday morning, according to confidential information. Pennsylvania.

Gibraltar said that it expects the tanker to ship soon.

Iran's ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, said the United States was facing "humiliation" with "last-minute frantic efforts".

In a tweet in Persian, he said: "Thanks to the efforts made over the last few days, all the preparations and technical arrangements necessary to allow the tanker to go on the high seas have been provided and the ship will soon leave the Gibraltar region."

The Iranian Foreign Minister used harsher language, saying the United States had failed in its attempts to "economic terrorism" in the form of sanctions and described their efforts to seize the ship as a "piracy attempt".

He said: "Having failed to achieve its goals through its economic terrorism – including by depriving cancer patients of drugs – the United States has attempted to abuse the system. Judiciary to steal our property on the high seas.

"This hacking attempt is indicative of Trump's disregard of the law."

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