Europeans Want Iran Bank Connected to World: French Senator
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – European nations are seeking to ensure at least one Iranian bank stays connected to the world after the US imposed new sanctions against the country, a French senator said in Tehran.
European efforts to help Iranians benefit from the nuclear deal despite the US sanctions is "difficult but it's possible", said French Senator Philippe Bonnecarrere on Sunday, AFP reported.
One way was "to have at least one Iranian bank remain connected to the international banking system through SWIFT to keep up commercial relations on goods or services that are not subject to sanctions," he added.
Bonnecarrere, who heads the France-Iran friendship group in the upper house of parliament, made the remarks during a news conference with French and Iranian counterparts.
Bonnecarrere was in Iran with six other members of the French parliament.
The visit was a sign of "all the determination and all the will of France to keep alive the nuclear agreement," said Delphine O, one of the lawmakers.
The United States pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers in May and has been reimposing punishing sanctions on Tehran, targeting, in particular, its financial system.