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Envoy: US influence makes German banks limit their ties with Iran

Kish Island, Persian Gulf, Nov 29, IRNA - German Ambassador to Tehran Herbert Honsowitz said here Wednesday that German banks and firms have limited their working ties with Iran under the influence of the US government.

In a meeting with Kish Free Trade Zone Managing Director Majid Shayesteh, Honsowitz said, "Unfortunately the decisions of the international organizations, the US government and the European Union have had negative affects on Iran-Germany trade ties."

He said, "30 to 35 percent of German banks have banking relations with the US banks and the US government has officially declared that they should choose either working with American banks or Iranians." Some of the German banks or companies have heard about possible sanctions against Iran, so they have a feeling of not being secure enough to have professional ties, he continued.

Majid Shayesteh, for his part, said, "After 3 decades of Islamic revolution in Iran, we are still facing with different ways of hostility, including sanctions, by our enemies.

The official added, "Interactions with other nations are very important for us and no wise investor abandons its interests in Iran." He said, "The history of mutual cooperation goes back to 100 years ago, so it could be a good opportunity to develop our bilateral ties in different fields."

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