Iran informs Europe of INSTEX equivalent: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Tehran has announced to the European countries the establishment of the Iranian mechanism proportionate to INSTEX.
Abdolnasser Hemmati, Governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said on March 20 that Iran has registered a mechanism called ‘Special Trade and Finance Institute (STFI)’ in proportionate to EU-established INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges). INSTEX has been introduced in a bid to continue trade with Iran and save JCPOA after US withdrawal. The mechanism is said to initially cover trade in essential items such as food, medicine, and medical equipment and later on it will expand to cover trade in other sectors, Mehr News Agency reported.
Elsewhere in the meeting, Zarif touched upon the history of ties between Iran and Italy, hoping that the current Italian government would continue good economic ties with Iran just as in the past.
For his part, the Italian senator said that Rome wants to deepen ties with Tehran in different areas, adding that Iran-Italy friendship group has been established in Italy’s Senate.
He also expressed sympathy with the Iranian nation for recent flooding, noting that Italy will send humanitarian aid to affected regions.
The two officials also exchanged views on regional and international developments, including recent developments in the north African region. 103/211