Germany bans Iran airline after US official David Hale Berlin visit

German government surrendered to US pressure and banned an Iranian airline from its airspace after third high level official from State Department visited Berlin to discuss joint course against Islamic Republic.

After the recent visit by US undersecretary for political affairs David Hale, German authorities revoked the landing rights of Iran’s Mahan Air “due to suspicions that it was being used for military purposes,” Reuters said, citing what it called an unnamed German official.
Upon announcing his decision to leave the JCPOA, Trump said last May that he would keep pressuring Tehran until it halted developing ballistic missiles for defensive purposes and rolled back its regional influence.
Iranian military advisers have long been in Syria, providing combat advice to Syrian government forces fighting a war against foreign-backed militants.
The advisory mission began after an official request from Damascus. However, Washington – which is running its own military campaign in Syria without a mandate from the UN or Damascus – deems Iranian presence as dangerous to Israel.
The unnamed German official reportedly claimed Monday that Mahan flights had been used to carry weapons and equipment to Syria.
In September, Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Berlin, called on Germany to stop cooperation with Mahan.
“Mahan Air has routinely flown fighters and materiel to Syria to prop up the Assad regime,” an embassy press release claimed.
“Why is Mahan Air allowed to fly into Munich and Dusseldorf,” he asked on Twitter. “I’m going to keep asking every day.”


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