Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 9 December 2019

Theresa May pays tribute to Gibraltar's efforts in detaining Grace 1 tanker

Mrs May met with the Gibraltarian chief minister on Wednesday
Britain's Prime Minister paid tribute to Gibraltar's actions in detaining Grace 1. Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked Gibraltar's Chief Minister for upholding European Union sanctions against Syria by detaining an oil tanker, her office said on Wednesday, adding its independent legal process should be respected.

The Iranian tanker was seized earlier this month by British Royal Marines off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria.

Iran has vowed to respond to what it calls Britain's "piracy" over the seizure of the tanker.

"The Prime Minister and Chief Minister... discussed the latest developments in the Gibraltarian legal case on the detained oil tanker Grace I," a spokesman for May's office said after talks with Fabian Picardo.

"The Prime Minister stressed the importance of Gibraltar's independent legal process being followed and paid tribute to their efforts to implement EU Syria sanctions."

Updated: July 18, 2019 03:28 AM