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Iran releases Sonatrach tanker, says Algerian firm

ALGERIA, July 21 (KUNA) -- Algerian oil and gas company Sonatrach said on Sunday the Iranian Navy has released its tanker after talks with Iranian authorities, who on Friday had seized the vessel for over an hour.
Mesdar had been forced to enter Iranian territorial waters as it was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Gulf of Oman to the Arabian Gulf, said the company.
The tanker was scheduled to ship oil to China from a port in Saudi Arabia. (end) mr.sd