S.Africa denies MTN influence on Iran nuclear talks

February 3, 2012 11:58


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


JOHANNESBURG - South Africa denied on Friday that it had been pressured by MTN Group into backing Tehran's nuclear program and aiding its military when the Johannesburg-based mobile operator was bidding for a telephone license in Iran.

"South Africa's foreign policy is independent and it cannot be influenced by anyone," Foreign Ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said.South Africa has been reluctant to join Western nations in imposing sanctions on Iran, but has stopped short of open support for Tehran. Iran supplies a quarter of South Africa's crude supply.

MTN, Africa's biggest mobile operator, said on Thursday it was facing a potential lawsuit in a U.S. court from rival Turkcell over its license in Iran. MTN said Turkcell was set to say that MTN encouraged South Africa to take a favorable stance towards Iran's nuclear development program.

MTN dismissed the allegations as having no legal merit, but its shares still tumbled 3.7 percent, reflecting investor concern about its Iranian operation, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of total revenues.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
March 27, 2019
Rockets fired at Ashkelon area, second attempted strike of the night