Tehran: Iran has received 13 tonnes of gold which had been held in South Africa for two years due to sanctions, Iran’s central bank announced on Wednesday.
The gold was delivered to the central bank on Tuesday night. After purchasing the gold, Iran had to deposit it in South Africa as sanctions blocked its way to Iran, semi-official Fars news agency quoted Central Governor Valiollah Seif as saying.
The report did not mention where and when did Iran purchase the gold, according to Xinhua.
Seif thanked Iranian nuclear negotiators for the return of the gold, saying that their efforts at the Vienna talks helped to free the frozen asset.
Iran has received $4.2 billion in unfrozen assets under the 2013 interim agreement with the US and was then given another $2.8 billion by the Obama administration last year in a bid to keep Tehran committed to the talks. (IANS)
Iran president Hassan Rouhanito come on a three-day visit to India
The visit will be used to discuss trade and policies between the two countries
Business traders of both the countries will do a meeting soon too
Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Modi and Rouhani will hold a bilateral meeting here on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.
Rouhani will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
According to Iranian news agency Irna, Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will meet the city’s Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.
Citing the Iran President’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.