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Strait of Hormuz incident: UK government letter to UN Security Council President

The UK Mission to the UN in New York's Charge d'Affaires wrote to the UN Security Council President after the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero was seized.

This was published under the 2016 to 2019 May Conservative government



Writing to the President of the United Nations Security Council, Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez, Charge d’Affaires Jonathan Allen outlined the facts about what happened on 19 July.

The letter explains how the Stena Impero was exercising the lawful right of transit passage in an international strait, as provided for under international law. It also calls for the Islamic Republic of Iran to release the vessel.

A copy of the letter was also sent to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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Published 21 July 2019

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