US says Thai com­pany helped black­listed Iran air­line

The Myanmar Times - - ASEAN Focus -

The US gov­ern­ment on Fri­day im­posed sanc­tions on a Thai­land-based com­pany it says pro­vides ser­vices to an Ira­nian air­line that Wash­ing­ton ac­cuses of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties di­rected by Iran’s gov­ern­ment.

The US Trea­sury De­part­ment said in a state­ment that My Avi­a­tion Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, “pro­vides cargo ser­vices to Ma­han Air, to in­clude freight book­ing,” as well as pas­sen­ger book­ing. Ma­han Air’s web­site lists six weekly flights to the Thai cap­i­tal, Bangkok.

It said the pri­vately owned air­line “has rou­tinely flown fight­ers and ma­teriel to Syria to prop up the As­sad regime, which has con­trib­uted to mass atroc­i­ties in the coun­try and the dis­place­ment of mil­lions of civil­ians.”

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