British Prime Minister Tony Blair has welcomed the news that the 15 detained sailors will be released. “I am glad that our 15 service personnel have been released. I know their release will come as a profound relief not just to them but to their families who have endured such distress and anxiety over these past 12 days.”
“To the Iranian people I would simply say this, we bare you no ill will. On the contrary, we respect Iran as an ancient civilisation, as a nation with a proud and dignified history. And the disagreements we have with your government we wish to resolve peacefully through dialogue”, Blair said in a short statement delivered outside 10 Downing Street. This short statement reiterates that Britain will ensure relations between the two countries remain peaceful and issues will be resolved through discussion and talks.
The Prime Minister’s comments follow the relief shown by the family of navy sailor Nathan Summers earlier today. “Fantastic news, thank the lord, everything has turned out well for them. What can I say? I am not used to all this,” Summers’ grandmother said in an emotional interview. “We thank the media for what they have done. I think he has gone from a boy to a man in the last few weeks,” Summers’ grandfather, Brian Rawsthorne, added.