Iran slams Germany’s ‘hasty, unjustifiable’ ban on Mahan Air
Iran has slammed Germany’s “hasty and unjustifiable” move to revoke the license of Iran’s Mahan Air, saying the decision runs counter to the spirit of deep-rooted relations between the two countries.
“Undoubtedly, no logic and reason can justify such biased attitudes which are based on false and fictitious data,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.
He added that the Germany’s move is likely to be taken due to “induction of incorrect information by those who are not happy with ties between the two countries.”
He emphasized that a review of Mahan Air’s performance in Germany would show that there has been no “negative” issue in the airline’s cooperation with German companies.
The Iranian spokesperson expressed hope that Germany would make some timely revision to its incorrect and inappropriate decision.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the country has revoked the license of Iran’s Mahan Air claiming that it has been transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other countries in the Middle East.
The German ban on the airline takes immediate effect, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, after heavy US pressure on Berlin to act.
However, a German government source told Reuters that the measure does not signal plans for the re-imposition of broader sanctions against Iran.
The United States claimed in 2011 that Mahan Air provided financial and other support to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and imposed sanctions on the airline. It has been pressing its European allies to follow suit.
Back in May, the United States imposed new sanctions against nine Iranian and Turkish individuals and companies as well as a number of entities providing goods and services to four Iranian airlines.
The US imposes new sanctions against a number of Iranian and Turkish entities cooperating with four Iranian airlines.
The sanctions announced by the US Treasury Department, targeted the entities cooperating with Iran’s Mahan Air, Caspian Air, Meraj Air, and Pouya Air.