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France bans Iran's Mahan Air for activities outside Europe

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France bans Iran's Mahan Air for activities outside Europe
An Airbus A340-300 of Iranian airline Mahan Air takes off from Duesseldorf airport DUS, Germany January 16, 2019. Picture taken January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay   -   Copyright  WOLFGANG RATTAY(Reuters)
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PARIS (Reuters) – France has revoked the licence of Iranian airline Mahan Air from April 1 on its activities outside of Europe, three French officials said on Monday.

The decision, which follows a similar German move in January, was made on the grounds of the airline transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones, two diplomatic sources said.

“Mahan Air can no longer serve French territory as of April 1,” a French Foreign Ministry official said.

(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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