Iran says certain countries deny fuel to Iranian aircraft

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Iran confirmed that certain countries have denied fuel to Iranian planes at their airports, the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Iranian Road and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani said Iran may retaliate act of certain countries that deny fuel to Iranian aircraft, IRNA reported.

He said such an act was an illegal practice, adding that Iran will sue the case through legal channels, according to the report.

The minister referred to France as one of those countries which are practicing the illegal act.

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast also verified reports that Iranian passenger planes were denied jet fuel at London's Heathrow airport recently, said the local satellite Press TV.

Iran will not tolerate such illegitimate moves and will retaliate should such efforts continue, Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

"Based on international regulations, such moves are not appropriate," Mehmanparast said.

The persistence of such measures by certain oil companies also "could jeopardize their own interests with regards to tourism and air transportation and will additionally inflict a financial burden on them," he added.

Earlier in July, Mehmanparast rejected media reports that Iran' s planes are being declined of refuelling in some countries following U.S. and European Union's unilateral sanctions law against Iran which are also aimed at cutting Iran's access to imports of gasoline.

Source: Xinhua


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