Portugal summons Iranian ambassador to reiterate condemnation of attack on Israel

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The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) today called the Iranian ambassador to Lisbon, to whom it reiterated its condemnation of the attack on Israel and renewed its “demand for the immediate release” of the ship “MSC Aries”, the Palácio das Necessidades announced.

In a statement released today, the MFA said that “the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, April 16”.

During the meeting with the Director General for Foreign Policy, the Portuguese government reiterated its “strong and categorical condemnation of the recent attack against the State of Israel”.

According to the note, the ministry headed by Paulo Rangel also “expressed its deep concern at the escalation of the conflict in the region, calling for maximum restraint”.

At the meeting, the MFA also insisted on “demanding the immediate release of the ship ‘MSC Aries’, which is under arrest in the Strait of Hormuz, in light of Portugal’s obligations as a flag state”.

“They also demanded the release of the crew, who must be treated with dignity while the ship remains under arrest, as the explanations given so far are not consistent,” the statement added.

The Portuguese government, it said, “will await the results of this formal demarche and will evaluate further steps accordingly”.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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