Seizure of a British vessel by Iran (20 July 2019)

We were deeply concerned to learn of the seizure of a British vessel by Iranian forces.

Such an action jeopardizes the necessary de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf. We strongly condemn it and express our total solidarity with the United Kingdom.

We call on the Iranian authorities to promptly release the vessel and its crew, and to abide by the principle of freedom of navigation in the Gulf.