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Iran to Allow Indian Officials to Meet Seized Ship’s Crew Soon


In a significant development, Iran Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has announced that Tehran will soon permit Indian government officials to meet with the 17 Indian crew members aboard the cargo ship MSC Aries, which was recently seized by the Iranian military near the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel, linked to Israel, has been at the center of escalating tensions in the region.

The incident unfolded on April 13 when commandos, in a daring helicopter raid, boarded the MSC Aries near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The video footage of the raid, captured by The Associated Press, underscored the heightened geopolitical stakes in the Middle East.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar promptly expressed concern about the well-being of the Indian crew members stranded on the ship and sought assistance from Tehran. During a phone call, Minister Jaishankar urged Iranian authorities to facilitate communication with the crew and ensure their safety.

Response from Iran Foreign Minister

In response, the Iranian Foreign Minister assured that his government was actively monitoring the situation related to the seized cargo ship. He emphasized that arrangements would be made soon for representatives of the Indian government to meet with the crew members. The move comes as a relief to the families and loved ones of the crew, who have been anxiously awaiting news of their well-being.

However, the situation remains complex. Iran’s actions are rooted in broader tensions in the region, including its recent drone and missile attack on Israel in retaliation for an Israeli strike on an Iranian embassy in Damascus1. Minister Amirabdollahian also called for India’s continued engagement through international institutions to promote peace and security in the region.

Minister Jaishankar echoed the need for de-escalation and urged all parties to exercise restraint. His diplomatic efforts included conversations with both Iranian and Israeli counterparts to address the ongoing tensions between the two Middle Eastern nations. The plight of the 17 Indian crew members remains a priority, and the upcoming meeting with Indian officials is a crucial step toward resolving this maritime crisis.

As the world watches, the delicate balance of regional dynamics hangs in the balance, and the fate of the MSC Aries crew underscores the importance of diplomatic engagement and humanitarian considerations in times of crisis.

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