Tanker docks in Dubai after release by Iran

Tanker docks in Dubai after release by Iran

Tanker docks in Dubai after release by Iran

Rouhani requested permission from the State Department to see the ambassador, but the foreign minister is under sanctions severely limiting his movements in the NY.

The US State Department said it would allow the hospital visit request only if Iran released one of several USA citizens it now has "wrongfully detained".

Late on Saturday, Zarif tweeted that he had communicated with Ravanchi by video call.

A photo released by Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, which aired on Monday, July 22, 2019, shows various crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, that was seized by Tehran in the Strait of Hormuz.

The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, arrived off the coast of Dubai Friday night after being released earlier in the day, according to authorities and a tracking website. The tanker's Swedish-based ship-owning company Stena Bulk said the crew would disembark in Dubai for medical checks and debriefing, and to spend some time with their families.

On Friday, the Stena Impero was finally cleared to sail from Iran and into global waters of the Gulf.

At a news conference in NY on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran was open to talking about prisoner swaps but that the ball was in Washington's court after Iran's release of a Lebanese man with USA permanent residency in June.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in NY for the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, had hoped to visit Iran's U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi as he is being treated for cancer and requested permission from the State Department, diplomats at the United Nations said.

"Despite the vessel's clearance, its legal case is still open in Iran's courts", it said. The Iranian ship was released in August.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the ship "was unlawfully seized by Iran" and that the action was "part of a pattern of attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation". The United States blamed those attacks on Iran, which Tehran denied.

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