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Britain, France and Germany send medical aid to Iran

 International Desk

 Published: 03:50 PM, 2 April 2020  

Photo: Collected

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Britain, France and Germany have delivered medical supplies to Iran in the first transaction under the INSTEX mechanism set up to bypass US sanctions on Tehran.  

In a statement, the German foreign ministry said that the medical supplies safely reached in Iran. The INSTEX trade mechanism and its Iranian counterpart would now work on more transactions and on enhancing the system, the ministry added.

Earlier this month, Britain, Germany and France had announced they would offer a €5million (£4m) package to help Iran tackle the coronavirus, as well as medical equipment for testing and protective clothing. 

Washington’s major European allies opposed the decision by US President Donald Trump in 2018 to abandon the nuclear deal, under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for Tehran accepting curbs on its nuclear programme. 

The European trade vehicle was conceived as a way to help match Iranian oil and gas exports against purchases of EU goods. However, those ambitions have been toned down, with diplomats saying that, realistically, it will be used only for smaller trade, for example of humanitarian products or food.

The three European powers are shareholders in the Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges, or Instex, and hope other states will join later.