EU Express Concern over Iranian Detention of two Ships, in the Gulf
Saudi Press Agency
Saturday 1440/11/17 - 2019/07/20
Brussels, Jul 20, 2019, SPA -- The European Union (EU) confirmed here today that the seizure of two vessels by the Iranian forces, in the Straits of Hormuz, establishes a source for deep concern.
In a tense situation, an EU statement added, that such a development brings the risks of further escalation, on one hand, and undermining of ongoing works to find a way out to resolve current tensions, on the other, calling for the immediate release of the captured ship, its crew and for restraint to avoid further tensions.
Meanwhile, EU Spokeswoman for the European External Action Service, announced here today that "Freedom of navigation must be respected, at all times".
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