US eases sanctions on Iran for disaster relief, sports exchanges

By REUTERS
September 11, 2013 09:56

 
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The United States relaxed sanctions on Iran on Tuesday to make it easier for US humanitarian groups to work there and sports exchanges to occur between Americans and Iranians, a possible goodwill gesture after Iran elected a new moderate president.

The move announced by the US Treasury Department means non-profit groups focused on disaster relief, wildlife conservation, human rights and similar programs will no longer have to apply for special permission to enter Iran and conduct business there.

It also allows Iranian and US athletes to pay for sports exchanges and matches between the two countries without a special application, which can help encourage exchanges, analysts say.

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