|Iran in talks with India to resolve dispute over oil tanker||
TEHRAN -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi has said that Iran is in talks with India to resolve a dispute over an Indian oil tanker which Iranian authorities detained recently for polluting Iranian waters.
“On August 6, Iran received a warning from the International Maritime Organization that an Indian oil tanker is polluting Persian Gulf waters,” Araqchi said on Saturday.
The Iranian Navy then detained the vessel and guided it toward Bandar Abbas, he explained, adding that the issue was a technical one.
“Given good relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and India, it is hoped that… the problem is resolved as soon as possible in a calm atmosphere, and, to this end, Indian experts have been invited” to inspect the oil tanker.
According to Press TV, MT Desh Shanti oil tanker was carrying Iraqi oil through the Persian Gulf on its way to India.
“It was a Shipping Corp of India (SCI) vessel carrying Iraqi crude for us ... it was detained by Iran authorities to check pollution,” Chairman of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) S. Roy Choudhury said.
The director general for maritime pollution affairs at the Iranian Department of the Environment, Nima Pourang, told the Fars News Agency on Friday that the tanker had been detained because it discharged its oily ballast water 30 miles away from Iran’s Lavan Island in the Persian Gulf which caused a 10-mile-long oil slick on the sea.
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