Britain, Germany, UAE airports `refuse fuel to Iran jets`

Airports in Britain, Germany and the UAE have refused to refuel Iranian passenger planes.

Updated: Jul 05, 2010, 20:09 PM IST

Tehran: Airports in Britain, Germany and the
United Arab Emirates have refused to refuel Iranian passenger
planes since Washington imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran
last week, ISNA news agency said on Monday.

IRNA, the official state news agency, said in a separate
report that Kuwaiti airports have also turned down fuel for
Iranian passenger planes.

"Since last week, after the passing of the unilateral law
by America and the sanctions against Iran, airports in
England, Germany, the UAE have refused to give fuel to Iranian
planes," ISNA quoted Mehdi Aliyari, secretary of Iranian
Airlines Union, as saying.

The decision by the airports in these countries comes at
a time when a large number of expatriate Iranians, especially
those in Europe, travel to and from Iran for summer holidays.

Aliyari said their refusal has so far impacted Iran Air,
the national carrier, and a leading private airline, Mahan
Air, as both operate several flights to Europe.

Pervez Sorouri, a lawmaker and member of Iranian
parliament`s committee on foreign policy and national
security, warned of a retaliatory action by Tehran, especially
towards the United Arab Emirates.

He said Iran was an important trade partner of the UAE
which is emerging from a financial crisis and "this (UAE`s
refusal) can have some reaction from Iran," ISNA reported.

Last Thursday, US President Barack Obama signed into law
the toughest ever US sanctions on Iran, which he said would
strike at Tehran`s capacity to finance its nuclear programme
and deepen its isolation.