Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday. Associated Press
Three Iranian vessels tried to block a BP-operated tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, the UK government said on Thursday.
“Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
Iran warned Britain’s next prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday that it will “protect” waters of the oil-rich Gulf, amid a standoff between the two countries over the seizure of tankers.
Pakistan’s famous cricketer also known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’ in the cricketing world for his fearsome pace bowling will be performing Hajj this year as a state guest of Saudi Arabia.
The three survivors said other crew members may have been swept away by waves before the first helicopter arrived, according to a government statement.
The UAE has sent three planes carrying a 1,000 sqm field hospital, which includes 75 beds and two operating rooms equipped with the latest medical supplies and devices, to offer relief to earthquake victims in Afghanistan.