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Iran releases Greek oil tankers it seized in May, says Athens

The Greek-flagged oil tanker Prudent Warrior, one of the ships seized by Iran, is seen as it sails past Istanbul, Turkey, April 19, 2019. (Dursun Çam via AP)
The Greek-flagged oil tanker Prudent Warrior, one of the ships seized by Iran, is seen as it sails past Istanbul, Turkey, April 19, 2019. (Dursun Çam via AP)

Iran has released two Greek tankers seized in May in retaliation after an Iranian crude oil cargo was held in Greece, says the Greek merchant marine ministry.

“After months-long talks with Iran, the Greek-flagged ships Prudent Warrior and Delta Poseidon seized since May 27 left today,” the ministry says in a statement.

Greece’s deputy merchant marine minister was in Tehran today to broker the agreement, the ministry says. Most of the 50 sailors on board the two vessels had already been replaced weeks earlier.

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