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UAE airports haven't stopped refueling Iran planes: officials

UAE airport authoritites have said they have not stopped refueling Iranian planes, refuting reports that the country had joined UK and Germany in refusing fuel to planes from Tehran in line with US' unilateral sanctions.

world Updated: Jul 06, 2010 12:32 IST

UAE airport authoritites have said they have not stopped refueling Iranian planes, refuting reports that the country had joined UK and Germany in refusing fuel to planes from Tehran in line with US' unilateral sanctions.

Aviation officials in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi said that they continue to refuel Iranian passenger aeroplanes at international terminals with jet fuel.

Earlier reports said the UAE has joined Britain and Germany in refusing to offer fuel to Iranian passenger jets flying through their airports.

Iranian news agencies IRNA and ISNA reported that the action was the result of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran against its nuclear programme.

An official at Sharjah Civil Aviation Department said that jet fuel service to Iranian planes is intact and has not changed, UAE's official news agency Wam said.

It was also reported that Kuwait has also declined to offer fuel to Iranian passenger planes.

Other reports said that European oil companies Air BP and Shell have stopped fuelling Iranian aircraft at UAE airports in line with US trade sanctions on Iran, forcing them to find alternative sources.

However, Emirates National Oil Company said it has not received any notification from the UAE government on Iranian sanctions that would hinder its business.

"Dubai Airports Authority confirms that Iranian airlines operating in and out of Dubai International Airport continue to be refueled," an official from Dubai Airports was quoted as saying.

Earlier, a spokesperson from Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) said it too is continuing to supply Iranian passenger planes with fuel.

"We have contracts with Iranian passenger flights and continue to allow refuelling," he said.