Tehran to invite six countries to help tame fire of Iranian tanker

Tehran, Jan 11, IRNA – Iran is to invite six world countries to join the rescue operations underway in East China coast to extinguish the fire of the Iranian tanker and find the missing crew, an official announced here on Thursday.

Soon after the Iranian tanker collided with a Chinese freighter on Saturday night, the Iranian foreign minister spoke with the Chinese officials on the phone calling on them to follow up the issue immediately, spokesman for the special committee on following up the situation of the incident Mohammad Rastad told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Rastad referred to the poison gas, explosion and oil pollution as the issues which have made the rescue operation complicated.

As for the Wednesday meeting of a special committee, which was formed after the order of the Iranian President, Rastadd said the meeting reviewed the latest situation of the incident.

An Iranian tanker carrying condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on Saturday night, and the 32 members of the crew went missing. One body was found on Monday, and according to Iran's officials, the body belongs to one of the Iranian seamen who were trapped in the blazing ship.

The tanker and its cargo, sailing to South Korea, were both insured by a reputable foreign insurance company, according to the Iranian officials.

On Jan 10, Iran's Consul General in China's Shanghai Port Alireza Irvash announced that the operation to put out the fire of the Iranian tanker began on Wednesday while flames of fire subsided despite bad weather in the region.

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