How Iran Agrees to Let Indian Authorities Meet Seized Ship's Crew
How Iran Agrees to Let Indian Authorities Meet Seized Ship's Crew

Iran has agreed to let Indian authorities meet with 17 crew members of a cargo ship seized by the Iranian military near the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian assured India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar of this during a phone call on Sunday, as per an Iranian statement.

Jaishankar pressed for the release of the Indian crew aboard the Portuguese-flagged vessel MSC Aries. "We are investigating the ship's seizure, and soon Indian officials will meet the crew," Amir-Abdollahian was quoted as saying in the Iranian statement.

Jaishankar also expressed concern about the crew's situation and sought Iran's assistance. The vessel, 'MSC Aries,' was seized by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Naval Forces, allegedly due to its ties with Israel.

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) stated that it is cooperating with authorities to ensure the well-being of the 25 crew members and the return of the ship.

Following the Iranian action, White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson revealed that the crew includes individuals from India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Russia, and Estonia.

Indian officials confirmed they are in contact with Iran to secure the release of the 17 Indian crew members.

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