AGENCIES, London: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. This adage seems to be helping US sanction hit Iran at the time it needs outside help in its war against COVID-19.
The EU-Iran Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) that was initiated by France, Germany and UK in January 2019 as a special purpose vehicle to help EU companies do business with Iran and facilitate non-US$ transactions to avoid breaking US sanctions against the country is now coming handy.
Using this mechanism as their strongest tool, France, Germany and UK confirmed on Tuesday that they have successfully carried out their first deliveries of medical aid with Iran.
As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in Iran, one the hardest hit countries in the Middle East was 44,606, and the death toll stood at 2,898.
Iran has also confirmed receiving medical aid earlier this month from the three European countries as it battles a severe outbreak of coronavirus.
Iranian officials have warned the crisis could run for several more months and cost many more lives, blaming US sanctions for hampering Tehran’s efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said last week that Tehran would not accept help from Washington after US President Donald Trump offered aid at the end of February.