Jan 22, 2019, 2:30 PM
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Germany concedes to follow Trump's orders

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA – A leading American newspaper commented on Germany's latest move in surrendering to Trump anti-Iran policies and said Washington is pressuring Europe, including Germany, to make them take up hostile policies like the US' against Iran.

The latest of such measures is US' support for Germany's decision to ban an Iranian airline 'at the behest of [US President Donald] Trump, the 'Wall Street Journal' (WSJ) wrote.

It said 'Germany’s government banned an Iranian airline from operating in the country following US allegations that its aircraft transported weapons and fighters to war-torn Syria.'

'US officials say the move against Mahan Air is a result of longstanding pressure from the Trump administration,' wrote the WSJ.

'Mahan Air, which operates three flights a week from Tehran to Düsseldorf and Munich, had its permit revoked with immediate effect on Monday.'

The newspaper said that a German government spokesman claimed that 'the ban was necessary to protect the interests of the federal government.'

What is important is the fact that the move follows months of pressure from the US, whose animosity toward Iran is not a secret to anyone, at high levels of the German government.
'The German spokesman said there was a close exchange with the U.S. regarding the airline, but that the decision to revoke its permit came from Berlin,' wrote the American newspaper.

Richard A. Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany supported the decision and urged the other countries to take similar actions.

The American paper went on to point out that 'the decision to ban Mahan Air is the latest in several concessions that Berlin has made to the Trump administration since Mr. Grenell took up office as ambassador last spring.'

'Responding to U.S. pressure, German authorities blocked the transfer of €300 million from an Iranian-controlled bank in Hamburg. The Berlin government in October committed to subsidize a liquefied gas terminal in north Germany that would be able to receive U.S. gas imports. Germany also accepted the deportation of a suspected Nazi collaborator who had lived in the U.S. since the 1950s. The moves came at the behest of Donald Trump, according to German and U.S. officials.'


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