08:17 GMT22 February 2020
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    On Thursday, Gibraltar's authorities ordered to release the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, seized by UK marines last month.

    The Grace 1 was formally detained last month on suspicion of breaching EU sanctions against Syria. However, acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell claimed that the vessel was detained at the request of the United States, which has long been seeking to curtail Iranian oil exports.

    The Gibraltar government has confirmed that the US Department of Justice made a last-minute request to halt the release of the seized Iranian supertanker on a number of allegations.

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