Iran Air in Germany denies fuel supply refusal

5th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

The German office of Iran Air, the national carrier, dismissed Iranian reports Monday that Germany had refused to refuel Iranian passenger planes since Washington imposed unilateral sanctions.

"It is not correct," Mohammad Reza Rajabi, the head of the airline's operations in Germany, told AFP when asked about the reports by Iran's ISNA news agency.

ISNA said earlier that airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates had denied fuel to Iranian passenger planes since last Thursday, after Washington imposed the sanctions on Tehran.

IRNA, the official state news agency, said in a separate report that Kuwaiti airports have also turned down fuel for Iranian planes.

But Rajabi said flight -- and fuelling -- service had continued without interruption in Germany.

"We have not had any problems," he said. "Yesterday we had flights and today and tomorrow again we will fly."

The German transport ministry said in a statement that neither US nor United Nations sanctions covered the refuelling of Iranian passenger planes, without a specific reaction to the Iranian reports.

© 2010 AFP

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