Portuguese government expects Iran to announce release of crew members

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The Portuguese government is “expectant” about the Iranian foreign minister’s announcement to release the crew of a Portuguese-flagged ship linked to Israel early, recalling that it has always defended their release and that of the crew.

A source in the office of Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Rangel confirmed the conversation between the Portuguese leader and his Iranian counterpart.

According to the Portuguese MFA published on social media, in that conversation Paulo Rangel insisted on the “release of the ship and crew” and “made a strong appeal for military restraint to avoid an escalation of war in the region”.

As part of the efforts to free the MSC Aries, the Portuguese government, through Paulo Rangel, has presented detailed political, legal and humanitarian grounds for the immediate release of the ship and crew, the same Portuguese MFA source told Lusa.

The Portuguese government is therefore “hopeful” that the situation will be resolved.

Iran seized the Israeli-bound ship at a time when it was expecting a response from its side to the April 1 attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria, attributed to Tel Aviv, which killed seven members of the Revolutionary Guard, including three generals.

Hours after the container ship was captured, Tehran launched a retaliatory offensive with hundreds of missiles and drones against Israeli territory.

Tehran regularly captures oil tankers and cargo ships in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.

On January 11, another ship was boarded in the Sea of Oman and transferred to Iranian waters.

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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