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Iran announced on Sunday (July 21, 2019) that Saudi Arabia had released an Iranian oil tanker forced to dock at the Saudi port of Jeddah in late April after a technical problem and that the vessel was on its way back to Iran. The official news agency IRNA quoted Transport Minister Mohammad Eslami as saying that the carrier "Habans One" was released as a result of negotiations and is now heading towards the waters of the Gulf.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musawi said on Sunday that Iran appreciated Saudi efforts to return an Iranian ship that had docked at the port of Jeddah in May due to technical problems..

"The problem has been resolved yesterday thanks to its follow-up by the Iranian Ports and Maritime Administration," the Iranian minister said. "The carrier, accompanied by two vessels, is heading to the Persian Gulf to enter Iranian territorial waters." According to the official news agency of the Iranian Oil Ministry (Shana), the ship was forced to docking in Jeddah to repair after suffering a "malfunction of the engine" while sailing in the Red Sea.

"Iran appreciates the efforts of the authorities of Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Oman to ensure the safe return of the Iranian oil tanker Habens 1," Moussaoui said. Iranian media reported this month that Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival, did not allow the ship to leave Jeddah due to a dispute over the payment of repair costs.

"In coordination with the authorities concerned, the carrier was then taken to the nearest port in Jeddah for repairs and to take the necessary measures," the agency said. The Iranian National Tanker Company said that in addition to the "political and diplomatic negotiations" the release of the tanker demanded "paying the related costs" demanded by Saudi Arabia.

According to a report by the Mehr news agency on the second of this month, Iran has paid "more than ten million dollars to the port of Jeddah for the terminology and maintenance" of the carrier.

H / H / A / H (AFP, Reuters)

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