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10th September 2019, 18:31

World will judge Iran if it has broken word not to sell Grace 1 oil to Syria, says Chief Minister

The world will judge Iran if they have breached their undertaking not to sell the Grace 1 oil to Syria, says the Chief Minister, who nevertheless said the Gibraltar Government would be waiting for the results of meetings between the UK and Iran before jumping to judgement.

This follows reports that the cargo of the supertanker, which was held in Gibraltar for over a month, has sold the Iranian oil to the EU-sanctioned regime.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said the Iranian Government asserted ownership of the cargo via the National Iranian Oil Company, and said repeatedly that the oil aboard the vessel was not bound for Syria, including in written statements.

He says Gibraltar awaits details of whom the National Iranian Oil Company sold the oil aboard the Grace 1 to before reacting to what would be an egregious and contumelious breach of the undertakings given by Iran to Gibraltar in a formal, diplomatic Note Verbale.

Mr Picardo said if the reports are true, it will render worthless the written word of the Government of Iran on all matters, and the world will be better placed to judge Iran's position on other, more transcendental matters based on actions on this issue on which they have been under the microscope of international scrutiny.

He said Gibraltar did its part in relation to the Grace 1 to stop the vessel when it did, and Iran will really make themselves look “shifty and unreliable if they have acted contrary to their repeated assertions and undertakings."