August 15, 2019 / 2:39 PM / a month ago

Iran said Grace 1 would not discharge cargo in Syria: Gibraltar Chronicle

Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria, in the Strait of Gibraltar, southern Spain August 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar decided to release the Grace 1 tanker after receiving formal written assurances from the Iranian government that it would not discharge its cargo in Syria, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported on Thursday.

“On that basis, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has decided to lift the detention order and allow the ship to sail,” the newspaper said on Twitter.

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

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