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Iranian MP Blasts Swiss Jet Fuel Ban

Service : Economy
TEHRAN, May 23 (ICANA) – Iran "reserves the right to counter” a move by Switzerland in refusing fuel to the planes of Iran's state-owned airline, Iran Air, an Iranian lawmaker says.
Monday, May 23, 2011 11:25:51 AM
Iranian MP Blasts Swiss Jet Fuel Ban

“Switzerland along with certain Western states are clearly pursuing the policies of the United States in the international arena. Therefore, they take action against Iran in violation of diplomatic norms and international treaties,” member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash said.

“The West uses immoral behavior for reaching its arrogant goals,” the Iranian lawmaker went on to say.

On Friday, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) of Switzerland said the planes of Iran Air will not be allowed to refuel at the Geneva airport.

“The weekly Tehran-Geneva flights have not been cancelled but Iran Air should get fuel from other countries such as Serbia,” FOCA spokesman Anton Kohler said on Friday.

The Geneva Fuelling Services Company, which is responsible for supplying fuel for the Geneva airport, confirmed the report, saying that it has had no trade relations with Iran Air since late April.

However, FOCA said that the company was consulting with Switzerland's Foreign Affairs Ministry and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to find a “pragmatic solution” to improve the situation.

FOCA is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland.

Iran has also stopped refueling some Western passenger planes landing in the Islamic Republic in retaliation for the measures taken against the Islamic Republic.

Seven months ago, BP, Shell, and a number of other oil companies said that they would no longer refuel Iranian planes due to the unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran.

France's Total and Austria's OMV followed suit in March due to pressure from the United States.

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