On Sunday, Saudi Arabia condemned Iran for seizing British-flagged tanker in sensitive Gulf water as “completely unacceptable” and requested the world powers to “take actions to deter such behavior”. Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir wrote on Twitter, “Any attack on the freedom of navigation is a violation of international law.”
“Iran must realize that its acts of intercepting ships, including most recently the British ship, are completely unacceptable.” Earlier Sunday, Oman called on Iran to release the Stena Impero which was seized along with 23 crew members at the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
Oman, which has a strong bonding with Iran, urged London and Tehran to resolve their issues through diplomacy. The foreign ministry of Oman said on Twitter, that Oman “looks forward to the Iranian government’s release of the British ship”.
It called on the Islamic republic and the United Kingdom “to resolve their differences through diplomatic channels”.
However, Britain asked Tehran to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf by releasing the tanker which has been illegally seized in Omani waters. Iran claimed that it had seized the tanker as it broke “international maritime rules”. It remained defiant to US and European calls to release the ship and has launched an investigation.
The tension in the Gulf occurred since May after US President Donald Trump called off airstrikes against Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic republic downed a US drone. Iran was accused of by the US several attacks on tankers in the Gulf. Oman’s Sultan Qaboos is following a policy of non-interference in regional affairs, maintaining relations with rivals Saudi Arabia — a staunch US ally — and Iran.