PortandTerminal.com, Sept. 4, 2019
Iran announces that it will reduce it’s Stena Impero hostage count from 23 to 16 innocent crew members.
That’s simply not enough and leaves 16 innocent crew members as Iranian hostages since they were kidnapped almost two months ago.
Iran had a chance to ease tensions in the Gulf and probably thought that they were doing so by offering to release the 7 hostages. But that still leaves the rest of the innocent crew members as bargaining chips and far away from their families.
Iran has a long history of taking hostages
Stena Bulk’s statements
Stena Bulk is in a very difficult situation. They have both a crew and a vessel held hostage by Iran. One can only imagine the back-door negotiations and effort that it took to come to today’s limp announcement.
“While we welcome this positive development, we have not received confirmation of a release date directly from the Iranian authorities,”Stena Bulk spokesperson
“We view this communication as a positive step on the way to the release of all the remaining crew, which has always been our primary concern and focus,” Erik Hanell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk, noted.
No quid pro quo?
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