Iran's IRGC seizes trespassing Saudi vessel in Persian Gulf

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Ardeshir Yarahmadi said on Saturday that the Saudi vessel, with five Indians on board, was seized near the Farsi port in the waters off the southern Iranian province of Bushehr on Friday.

The tension between Iran and Saudi is going on as Iran caught the boat of Saudi Arabia.

It said the move is related to the 2016 conviction of the members of the so-called Abdali cell broken up in 2015 that authorities allege had intelligence contacts with Iran and Hezbollah, a Lebanese resistance group. Iran is one of India's oldest allies.

Qasemi said Iran has traditionally maintained positive relations with Kuwait and the Thursday announcement was unexpected.

The regional stage: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have announced breaking off diplomatic relations with Qatar; Qatar is now relying on the support of Iran and Turkey.

Speaking in a regular press briefing on Monday, Bahram Qasemi also dismissed media reports that Kuwaiti officials have expelled Iranian diplomats or ordered Iran's Ambassador to Kuwait Alireza Enayati to leave the Arab country. Riyadh rejected the allegations made by Tehran. Iran said that a fisherman was killed in this accident, while 3 others were arrested by Saudi.

Iranian officials blamed the incompetence of Saudi officials for the incident, which, according to Iran, killed 4,700 people, including 465 Iranian nationals.

Saudi Arabia released seven Iranian fishers and they arrived in Iran, Mehr reported June 29. According to Saudi, explosives were found in the boat.

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