Germany bans Mahan Air of Iran, citing 'security'
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Mahan has been the subject of United States sanctions since 2011. "The airline transports weapons and fighters across the Middle East, supporting the Iranian regime's destructive ambitions around the region," according to a tweet on Monday by . The US has been encouraging allies such as Germany to restrict Mahan's operations. The of Germany has suspended Mahan's permit, German officials said.
Angela Merkel's spokesperson, , said it is possible "that this airline carries out transports to Germany that affect our security concerns," and the ban followed discussions within Europe and with the US. US Ambassador to Germany alleged, by way of example, Mahan had "contributed to incredible human suffering, violence, and political instability felt across the world," by supporting Syrian Bashar al-Assad.reports Mahan's director, , has alleged ties to the of Iran. The airline is privately owned. German
The move comes after the European Union sanctioned Iran earlier in the month over alleged Revolutionary Guards assassination plots against dissidents in nations including Denmark, France, and the Netherlands. With the US encouraging commercial entities to cease trading in Iran, German firms including , , , and have announced plans to pull out of the Middle Eastern nation.
Last year US Donald Trump withdrew the US from a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with Iran, which had been agreed under former US President Barack Obama. Other signatories to the treaty include Germany, which has been taking a lead in efforts by the remaining signatories to keep the deal operational. Reuters reported on Monday a German government source, whom they did not name, said the ban on Mahan Air is not part of any broader plan to increase sanctions on Iran.
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