A British-flagged oil tanker remains in Iranian custody after being seized by the Islamic Republic's navy in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
The UK government convened an emergency meeting of national security officials to discuss the seizure of the Steno Impero, a Downing Street spokeswoman said Saturday. The UK Foreign Office also summoned Iran’s charge d'affaires.
Iran said the seized tanker was using the exit lane to enter into the Strait of Hormuz, almost colliding with other vessels, a state-run news agency reported.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Iran sees the seizing of tankers in the Strait of Hormuz as a “tit-for-tat situation” following the detention in Gibraltar of the Iranian tanker Grace 1.
Here are some other reactions from Saturday:
- France and Germany have condemned Iran's actions.
- The Indian government says it is in touch with counterparts in Iran to try to secure the release of Indian crew members aboard the captured tanker.
- British Airways has suspended flights to Cairo for seven days “as a precaution to allow for further assessment,” the UK airline said in a statement.
- The owners of the seized British-flagged Stena Impero tanker released a statement saying the crew is in “good health.”
- The US Maritime Administration has issued an alert for vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz as tensions escalate in the strategic waterway.