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Jakarta Post

US sanctions 'hamper' Iran’s cooperation with Indonesia

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10 2019   /  02:22 am
Valiollah Mohammadi (Courtesy of the Iranian Embassy)

Valiollah Mohammadi (Courtesy of the Iranian Embassy)Sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States have made Tehran’s efforts to boost trade with Jakarta a difficult endeavor, the country’s outgoing envoy to Indonesia said recently.Ambassador Valiollah Mohammadi, who concluded his duties in Jakarta and left Indonesia last month, said Indonesia and Iran could have booked better trade if not for the stinging sanctions imposed by Washington.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the value of bilateral trade with Iran plunged almost 90 percent year-on-year in the first half of this year. From January to June 2018, the two countries had booked bilateral trade worth US$561.6 million, but that figure plunged to only $56.7 million in the corresponding period of this year.“Not only did the US impose sanctions, it also intervened in other countries. [It] sent teams to other countries – ...