European nations have delivered medical goods to Iran in the first transaction set up to bypass American sanctions on Tehran,the German foreign ministry said only.
The German Foreign Ministry said the medical goods were now in Iran and added that the Instex trade mechanism and its Iranian counterpart would now work on more transactions and on enhancing the system.
Britain, Germany and France said earlier this month they had offered a 5 million-euro ($5.5 million) package to Iran to help fight coronavirus there and are also sending medical material, including equipment for laboratory tests, protective body suits and gloves.
France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirm that INSTEX has successfully concluded its first transaction, facilitating the export of medical goods from Europe to Iran. INSTEX and its Iranian counterpart STFI will work on more transactions and enhancing the mechanism. pic.twitter.com/0z4KJwDjuw
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) March 31, 2020
On Monday, the number of cases in the country passed 40,000, and the government warned the epidemic could run for several more months and cost over 10,000 lives.
Some 2,757 people have already died in Iran from the coronavirus.
Tehran´s struggle to bring the virus´ spread under control has been made more difficult by US sanctions.