© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view of the Boeing 747 plane registered with the quantity YV3531 of Venezuelan Emtrasur Cargo airline, on the Cordoba Worldwide airport, Ambrosio Taravella, in Cordoba, Argentina, June 6, 2022. REUTERS/Sebastian Borsero
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Friday welcomed residence a dozen flight crew members detained in Argentina since June after their aircraft was held for suspected terrorism ties, in keeping with state tv.
“We’re celebrating (their) arrival,” Venezuelan Transportation Minister Ramon Velasquez instructed Telesur from Maiquetia Airport, close to the capital of Caracas, praising the crew as “an instance of revolutionary battle.”
An Argentine judicial chamber on Tuesday licensed the departure of 12 of 19 crew members.
The Emtrasur cargo aircraft, offered to Venezuela by Iran’s Mahan Air, arrived in Buenos Aires in early June, in keeping with flight monitoring knowledge, with each Venezuelan and Iranian crew members.
Its arrival brought about a diplomatic stir for Argentina. The nation was accused of supporting Iran and Venezuela, that are each below U.S. sanctions. Argentina grounded the aircraft then seized it in August after a request from a U.S. courtroom.
Of the 12 launched crew members, 11 are Venezuelan and one Iranian. An extra three Venezuelan and 4 Iranian crew are nonetheless not allowed to go away Argentina.
Velazquez stated this was “unlawful” detention.
The detentions sparked protests in Venezuela, with a number of marches in Caracas urging the crew’s return.
Iran and Venezuela preserve shut ties in sectors like oil and business and signed a 20-year cooperation plan in June.