Saudi Arabia says it received distress message from damaged Iranian tanker -SPA

DUBAI, Oct 12 () – Saudi Arabia said it received a distress message on Friday from a damaged Iranian tanker in the Red Sea but the vessel kept moving and switched off its transponder before it could provide assistance, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday. SPA said the Sabiti tanker did not respond to many communications from the Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia was committed to the security and safety of navigation and international laws, it said. (Reporting By Aziz El Yaakoubi; Editing by Angus MacSwan)Our Standards:The Thomson Trust Principles.