Stena Impero Owner Meets with Iran to Urge Its Release

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

reuters logo LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – The owner of a British-flagged tanker detained in Iran has met the country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to make the case for the ship and its crew to be released.

Erik Hanell, chief executive of Stena Bulk, met Zarif in Stockholm on Aug. 20 to ask for the Stena Impero to be released. It was detained by Tehran on July 19, two weeks after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar. That ship was released this week.

“A constructive dialog was had and we shared information around the case,” Hanell said in a statement on Wednesday. “It was important for us to emphasize the importance of the release of the 23 crew … Also for the release of the Swedish owned vessel Stena Impero.

(Reporting by Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)

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