July 26, 2019 / 7:35 AM / 3 months ago

Iran says India given consular access to 18 crew of the detained British vessel

FILE PHOTO: Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at Bandar Abbas port, July 21, 2019. Iran, Mizan News Agency/WANA Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran granted India consular access to 18 Indian crew members of the detailed British vessel Stena Impero, the Iranian ambassador to Britain said.

“Indian Embassy in Tehran was granted consular access to meet the 18 Indian crew of the detained British ship Stena Impero,” Hamid Baeidinejad said.

“Similar access is underway to other 5 crew from other nationalities. Indian embassy has reported to find the crew being very calm with no sense of panic.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized the British-flagged tanker last Friday.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge

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