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INSTEX “Expected to Be Ready Soon”

INSTEX -a payment channel that the three EU signatories to the JCPOA have set up to maintain trade with Iran- will be ready soon, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday. “This is an instrument of a new kind, so it’s not straightforward to operationalize it,” Maas told reporters in Tehran ahead of talks with […]

US Disrupts IRGC Front Company Network

United States Disrupts Large Scale Front Company Network Transferring Hundreds of Millions of Dollars and Euros to the IRGC and Iran’s Ministry of Defense Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against 25 individuals and entities, including a network of Iran, UAE, and Turkey-based front companies, that have transferred over a billion dollars and euros to the Islamic […]

Mechanism Commensurate with INSTEX “to be Established Soon”

Iran’s Mechanism Commensurate with INSTEX to Be Established Soon: CBI Chief Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdonnaser Hemmati said a mechanism commensurate with the European Union’s mechanism for trade with Iran, known as the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), will be established in the country soon. “In the talks that […]

Iran-Iraq Banking Problems “Settled”

The Secretary of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce said the obstacles to banking interaction between the two neighbors have been settled and the bilateral trade exchange is fairly normal. In comments at a televised program on Sunday night, Hamid Hosseini said the problems with banking relations between Iran and Iraq have been resolved and the process […]

Iran, Iraq to Use Euro, Dinar in Oil Trade

The governor of the Central Bank of Iran unveiled plans for using non-dollar accounts for oil and gas trade with Iraq. Abdolnaser Hemmati on Wednesday held a meeting with presidents of Iraqi banks, members of Iraq’s chamber of commerce and the Arab country’s business people during a trip to Baghdad. In the gathering, the top […]

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PM Urges Rapid Implementation of Iran Banking Deal

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdonnaser Hemmati said Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has voiced “his firm support” for the banking deal reached between the two countries on Tuesday night and called for its rapid implementation. “After a long and four-hour meeting last night with the governor of the Central Bank of […]

Iran, Iraq “Finalize” Payment Mechanism

Governors of the central banks of Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to develop a payment mechanism aimed at facilitating banking ties between the two neighboring countries. The deal on the payment mechanism was signed in a meeting between Iran’s Abdolnaser Hemmati and Iraq’s Ali Mohsen al-Allaq in Baghdad on Tuesday night. Speaking at the […]

Iran “Never Accepts INSTEX’s Humiliating Conditions”

Iran Never Accepts INSTEX’s Humiliating Conditions: Judiciary Chief Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said the country would never accept the “humiliating conditions” of the European Union’s financial mechanism for trade with Iran known as INSTEX, including Iran’s accession to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). “After 9 months of procrastination and negotiation, Europeans […]

New Mechanism to Facilitate Trade with Iran

French, German and UK Foreign Ministers today announced the creation of ‘INSTEX‘, a new mechanism for facilitating legitimate trade with Iran in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. Joint statement by the E3 Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian (France), Heiko Maas (Germany), Jeremy Hunt (United Kingdom): “France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in accordance […]

Iran-Switzerland Payment Channel Ready: Official

The head of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce announced that a payments channel has been developed and prepared to be inaugurated in a bid to boost bilateral trade between the two countries. In remarks released on Wednesday, Sharif Nezam Mafi said the financial mechanism has been prepared and its operational features have been announced. The […]

France Says SPV to Be Implemented in ‘Coming Days’

The French foreign minister said the special purpose vehicle (SPV), the EU mechanism aimed at facilitating trade with Iran in the US sanctions era, would be established in the “coming days”. The SPV “should be implemented in the coming days”, Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Reuters reported late on Wednesday. […]

Iran, India to Start Banking Exchange in Coming Days

India’s Ambassador to Iran Saurabh Kumar said the two countries are set to begin banking transactions in coming days as New Delhi has agreed to grant tax exemption to banks trading with Tehran. During a meeting in Tehran on Monday evening, Kumar and Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdonnaser Hemmati exchanged views […]

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]

Iraqi Dinar may replace US Dollar in Iran-Iraq Trade

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Iran and Iraq are weighing plans to eliminate US dollar in trade transactions and also lift visa requirements for citizens of the two countries. Speaking at a TV program on Saturday night, Iraj Masjedi said Tehran and Baghdad are considering plans to use Iraqi dinar for trade transactions or develop […]

Iran “ready to establish Joint Bank with Iraq”

By John Lee. Iran’s private banks have reportedly laid the groundwork for setting up a joint bank with their counterparts in Iraq. Yahya Al-e Es’haq [Yahya Ale-Ishaq] (pictured), head of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, is quoted as saying that the bank would operate under the regulations of central banks of the two countries to facilitate […]

Iran Drops bid to transfer Millions out of Germany

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly dropped its request to transfer 300 million euros ($347 million) in cash out of Germany. The cash is understood to be held in accounts at the Iranian-owned trade bank Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH). According to AP, the US had been pressuring German authorities to reject the request due to concerns about […]

US Dollar Ditched in Iran-Iraq Trade

Chairman of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Ale-Ishaq said that the US dollar is no longer used in the bilateral transactions between the two countries. Dollar-based transactions between Iran and Iraq have been discarded, Ale-Ishaq said on Saturday, adding that euro, the Iranian rial, and the Iraqi dinar are mostly used in the bilateral trade […]

Iran’s Central Bank Unveils New Regulatory Package

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran unveiled a new package of regulations on foreign currency trade which lifts a ban on the activity of money exchange markets. Speaking at a television talk show on Sunday night, Abdolnasser Hemati said the new package has been endorsed by President Hassan Rouhani’s administration in order to […]

EU “Struggles to Counter US Sanctions on Iran”

European efforts to protect businesses investing in Iran from US sanctions risk leaving executives with the tough choice of whether to obey EU or American rules. The EU is finalizing its plans to mitigate the punitive measures as the Trump administration prepares to impose a new wave of sanctions next month and in November, the […]