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Romania condemns Mercer Street oil tanker attack

Xinhua
03 Aug 2021, 10:55 GMT+10

BUCHAREST, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Romania strongly condemned the attack on the "Mercer Street" oil tanker, which resulted in the loss of the life of the captain of the ship, a Romanian citizen, said the Romanian Foreign Ministry in a press release on Monday.

According to the press release, the Foreign Ministry urgently summoned the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Bucharest, "given the elements presented by the international partners of Romania regarding the fact that the attack was deliberate and was coordinated by Iran."

"Romania calls for the presentation of explanations by the Iranian authorities, without delay, and reserves the right to act accordingly, together with its international partners, for an adequate response," read the press release.

Zodiac Maritime, a London-based firm owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer, said on Friday that its oil tanker "Mercer Street" was attacked on July 29 in the northern Indian Ocean, and two crew members onboard, a Romanian and a British national, were killed.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Sunday dismissed the allegations that Iran conducted the attack.

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