After fixing the tanker “Stena Impero”, British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt has announced a European-led protection mission. The confrontation with Iran is not sought.
The UK has announced a European Maritime Protection Mission in the Persian Gulf. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Monday after a crisis cabinet emergency meeting in London. At the same time, Hunt emphasized that his country was not looking for a “confrontation” with Tehran after the British flagged tanker “Stena Impero” was set.
“We will now seek to establish a European-led maritime protection mission to help ensure the safe passage of both crews and cargo in this central region,” Hunt said. However, the proposed mission is “not part of the policy of pressure from the United States on Iran,” he said. “We are not looking for a confrontation with Iran”.
The seizure of the “Stena Impero” by a Revolutionary Guard detachment was made on Friday a few hours after a decision by the Gibraltar Supreme Court to extend the Iranian tanker “Grace 1” for 30 days.
The British authorities had ordered the tanker on 4 July in the Mediterranean on suspicion that the ship wanted to bring oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. Iran denies the allegations and regards the British action as illegal.