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New Delhi, Manila ask Iran to free their nationals on seized oil tanker

AFP
New Delhi
India and Philippines asked Saturday Tehran to secure the release of their nationals working on a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in Strait of Hormuz.
Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for India’s foreign ministry, said that 18 of its nationals were on the ship and said New Delhi was “in touch with the government of Iran to secure (their) early release and repatriation”. Meanwhile, The Philippines said it would ask Iran to free a Filipino crew member on the Swedish-owned Stena Impero which was seized on Friday, as tensions mount in a key waterway for the world’s oil supplies. Philippine foreign department said a Filipino, three Russians and a Latvian were also among the ship’s crew. “(Philippine) Ambassador to Iran Fred Santos is contacting Iranian authorities to seek assurance that the Filipino seafarer is safe and will be released soon,” it said, adding the unidentified crew member’s family has been notified.
The recruitment agency that supplied the Filipino crew member told Manila there were no reported injuries as the vessel headed for the Iranian coast on Friday, the department added.

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