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Iran urges int’l maritime body to reprimand US

Tehran, Iran's shipping company urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to take Washington accountable for the obstacles it has caused for the global maritime security.

'The US unilateral measures have been against the international maritime conventions, and have damaged the security of global trade and the international maritime traffic,' said Mohammad Saeedi, Managing Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRSL).

The official was addressing a forum on the occasion of the World Maritime Day in Tehran on Saturday.

Mohammad Rastad, Managing Director of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran (PMOI), who was also present at the forum said, 'Iran's commercial fleet has been ranked the 20th on the basis of international regulations, and is on the white list of the IMO.'

IMO was founded 70 years ago with the goals of safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans.

The plan of founding the UN-affiliated organization was ratified at a conference in London in 1948 and officially began its activity ten years later.

Out of 174 member states of IMO, 154 are adjacent to seas and waterways. The membership of 20 landlocked countries in the organization, however, indicates its importance in global maritime trade.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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