The India government says it is in touch with counterparts in Iran to try to secure the release of Indian crew members onboard the captured British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero.
"We are ascertaining further details on the incident. Our mission is in touch with the government of Iran to secure the early release and repatriation of Indian nationals," government spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, according to a statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
Eighteen Indian nationals are onboard the tanker that was seized Friday and is now being held in Iran’s Bandar Abbas port, Iran’s semi-official Fars News reported.
A statement from the UK operators, Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management, also said that Indian nationals are among the 23-person crew.