On Thursday, Sweden has received a “very strong indications” that a British oil tanker seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz is expected to be released at the earliest, informed Swedish public service broadcaster, referred sources within Foreign Ministry of Sweden. 

The British-owned oil tanker ‘Stena Impero’ is operated by Swedish company Stena Bulk, was detained on July 19 by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, after passing through the strait at the mouth of the Gulf. 

Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has visited Sweden for discussion with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom. Mr. Zarif also met the Chief Executive of Stena Bulk, Erik Hanell. 

The oil tanker is likely to be released within a few days, reported SVT, referred to a source with insight into the talks that happened between Mr. Zarif and Mr. Wallstrom.

A spokesperson of Swedish Foreign Ministry has wrote in an e-mailed statement that “we look positively at what Foreign Minister Zarif himself has said publicly about hopes for a possible quick solution for Stena Impero, but we do not disclose what is said in the meetings.”

Further details are awaited.

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