Iran rejects reports of aviation fuel ban
Tehran on Tuesday denied local press reports of a refuelling ban on Iranian planes at airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
"These reports were inaccurate and refuelling of our planes is continuing," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a press briefing carried by the news network Press TV.
The comments came after ISNA news agency reported Monday that Iranian planes in Britain, Germany and the UAE were not being refuelled, quoting an official of the Iranian Airlines Union and the spokesman of the parliament's Foreign Policy Commission, DPA reported.
The ban on refuelling was to coincide with the latest round of sanctions against Iran issued by the UN Security Council, Monday's report said.
All three countries denied the report and said tha refuelling of Iranian planes was subject neither to the United Nations' sanctions not to those of the European Union.
The Financial Times Germany newspaper reported that British oil giant BP Ltd, which has a contract with Iran Air, refused on Sunday to refuel one of their planes in Hamburg, forcing it to fly to Vienna for refuelling. Mehmanparast did not comment on that specific incident.