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Updated: December 1, 2009 17:23 IST

No evil intent on part of sailors, says UK

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A file picture of British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, speaking with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. Photo: AP.
AP A file picture of British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, speaking with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. Photo: AP.

Britain’s foreign secretary says the sailors who may have inadvertently strayed into Iran’s waters had “no evil intent.”

Mr. David Miliband said on Tuesday that the case of the five yachtsmen is being treated as a consular case and has no relationship to any of the larger issues facing Britain and Iran.

Mr. Miliband says he hopes for a speedy resolution and that London is waiting for a statement from Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is expected to be released later on Tuesday.

He says resolution of the incident was delayed by the Eid holiday, but “our contacts with the Iranian authorities suggest this is being dealt with in a professional and appropriate way.”

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