EU official in Iran to protect trade ties 

European leaders have vowed to maintain the deal and introduce measures to encourage trade


Afp May 20, 2018
EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete PHOTO: REUTERS

TEHRAN: EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete arrived in Tehran on Saturday to present plans for continuing oil and gas purchases and protect European companies despite renewed US sanctions on Iran. “For sure there are clear difficulties with the sanctions,” Canete said at a press conference alongside Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation head Ali Akbar Salehi. “We will have to ask for waivers, for carve outs for the companies that make investments.” Canete, the first Western official to visit Iran since the US decision, was due to meet Environment Minister Isa Kalantari and Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh later on Saturday, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday.

“We see the European Union... is making an extensive effort. They have promised to do so, and God willing, they will put that into practice,” Salehi told reporters. European leaders have vowed to maintain the deal and introduce measures to encourage trade and protect EU firms from US sanctions. But several of their companies — including France’s Total and Holland’s Maersk — have already said it will be impossible to stay in Iran once US sanctions are fully reimposed over the next six months, unless they receive explicit exemptions from Washington. Iran’s trade with the European Union is around 20 billion euros, evenly split between imports and exports.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2018.

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upset | 3 years ago | Reply “We will have to ask for waivers, for carve outs for the companies that make investments.” . Why would the USA provide waivers? If Iran agrees to cancel ballistic missile testing and eliminate arms shipments to Hamas, Hezbollah etc then maybe. However if Iran was willing to do that why not just re-negotiate the deal with the USA.
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