Swedish television: Iran may release British tanker Stina Impero soon

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Stockholm has “very strong indications” that British oil tanker Stena Impero, seized by Iran last month in the Strait of Hormuz, will be released soon, Swedish television reported on Thursday, citing Swedish Foreign Ministry sources.

The British ship, operated by Swedish company Stena Balck, was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on July 19 after passing through the strait.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Sweden this week for talks with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom. He also met with Eric Hanel, chief executive of Stina Balak.

The television said the tanker was expected to be released within a few days, citing a source familiar with the talks between Zarif and Wallstrom.

“We look positively at what Foreign Minister Zarif himself said publicly, but we are not revealing what was said at the meetings,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.

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