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Official: Iran Asked Indonesia to Provide More Info on Seized Vessel

Official: Iran Asked Indonesia to Provide More Info on Seized Vessel

Monday, 25 January, 2021 - 07:45
In this photo released by Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA), Iranian-flagged MT Horse, left, and Panamanian-flagged MT Frea tankers are seen anchored together in Pontianak waters off Borneo island, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (Indonesian Maritime Security Agency via AP)

Iran has asked Indonesia to provide details about the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday, a day after Jakarta said it had seized Iran and Panama-flagged tankers in its waters.

"We have asked for more details as there are various reports about this seizure," Khatibzadeh told a news conference, broadcast live on state TV.

Indonesia's coast guard had seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country's waters on Sunday.

Wisnu Pramadita, a spokesman for the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency, said Sunday the tankers are suspected of a variety of violations, including not displaying national flags, shutting off their identification systems, anchoring illegally as well as the illegal transfer fuel between ships and spilling oil.

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