Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/Scanpix
After the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized a Maersk cargo ship on Tuesday, the Danish Foreign Ministry says it is working with the company to find answers.
“We are working at full throttle to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Maersk Tigris and are in a dialogue with Maersk about the case,” ministry officials wrote in a statement to news agency Ritzau.
The Maersk Tigris was sailing in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday when Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats confronted the ship, fired warning shots across its bow and forced it into Iranian waters where Iranian forces came on board.
“We should be careful about drawing conclusions before we know the actual circumstances of the case. But it is our clear expectation that Iran will honour its international obligations and that the crew aboard Maersk Tigris will not be harmed,” the ministry said.
The Maersk Tigris was flying under the flag of the Marshall Islands and no Danes were on board.
US officials told Reuters that Iran’s actions were “provocative” and that firing warning shots across the bow of a cargo vessel was “inappropriate”.