Saudi Arabia still holds on to Iranian oil tanker after two months

Saudi authorities are refusing to allow an Iranian oil tanker, which broke down off the coast of Jeddah early in May, to leave the port. This is despite the fact that Iran has paid for the cost of the repairs.

On May 2nd it was announced that Saudi Arabia’s coast guard rescued an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Jeddah in the Red Sea after Riyadh received a request for help from Iran.

So far, more than $10m has been paid to the port of Jeddah for maintenance costs by Iran. Saudi officials have stopped the Iranian ship leaving the port despite the fact that Iran has paid all the costs. Saudi Arabia has reportedly asked the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) for an additional $200,000 cost per day for maintenance.