India, Iran looking to resolve oil tanker dispute
NEW DELHI (AFP) - New Delhi and Tehran were on Saturday working to resolve a dispute over the detention of an Indian oil tanker by Iranian naval guards for allegedly polluting sea waters in the Persian Gulf.
The Indian government-owned MT Desh Shanti ship was on its way back to India from Iraq when it was stopped on Tuesday by the Iranian authorities and taken to Bandar Abbas port.
"We are working with Iran through diplomatic channels both in New Delhi and Tehran to resolve the issue," a foreign ministry spokesman said.
The development comes at a time when India, the world's fourth-largest oil importer, has significantly reduced its import of crude oil from Iran with sanctions from the United States and Europe making it harder to ship fuel from the Islamic republic.