(Persia Digest) - The deputy managing director of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) has rejected recent statements made by the secretary of Iran’s Shipping Association that Iranian ships are not allowed to berth in foreign ports.

According to Persia Digest (PD), Masoud Palmeh, secretary of the Shipping Association, had said last week at a press conference that sanctions have affected Iran’s maritime and ports activities.

“The first place hit by the sanctions was the maritime business. All companies somehow linked to the US have left Iran,” Palmeh had said.

He added: “A remarkable number of foreign ports have banned the entry of Iranian ships and set some restrictions. Some of those ports belong to countries that are a neighboring or friendly state of Iran.”

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Meanwhile, rejecting Palmeh’s comments, Hadi Haghshenas from PMO told PD: “According to figures, we only had an eight percent drop in non-oil exports since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (21 March, 2018) and that was due to price fluctuations which is normal. Except for a few foreign ports, Iranian ships have had no problems entering any international ports since the beginning of the new round of sanctions. I will not confirm statements made by Mr Palmeh about restrictions in foreign ports for Iranian ships.”

Regarding the contracting remarks of the deputy managing director of the PMO with those of Mr Palmeh, PD has repeatedly contacted his office for further elaborations but failed to reach him.

Palemh’s remarks were released while the US and some of its regional allies are seeking to exaggerate the impact of sanctions on Iran to increase pressures on the country’s economy and to negatively affect the behavior and perspective of Iranians on their own future.

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Therefore, the Iranian authorities are expected to minimize the impacts of sanctions to prevent an inflamed public atmosphere by releasing disappointing figures and help the country overcome the period of sanctions by managing the existing conditions and preventing the reaction of further crises.

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