Tayebnia: Iran Will not Recognize FATF’s Description of Terrorism

Tayebnia: Iran Will not Recognize FATF’s Description of Terrorism...
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Tehran, Sep. 07 (SENA) – Iran will not agree to give any commitment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on recognizing the description of terrorism offered by Western countries, the minister of economic affaris and finance, Ali Tayebnia, said on a television program on Tuesday.
his photo released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, meeting with Iranian minister of economy and financial affairs, Ali Tayebnia, left, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo)

* * * Tehran, Sep. 07 (SENA) – Iran will not agree to give any commitment to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on recognizing the description of terrorism offered by Western countries, the minister of economic affaris and finance, Ali Tayebnia, said on a television program on Tuesday.
“There is no internationally recognized description of terrorism, and the Islamic Republic will not accept the descriptions suggested by any country,” he said.
The economic minister also rejected the speculation that Tehran has agreed to the sanctions to be imposed by the FATF on a given member country as a way of punishment.
He further said: “We are not going to exchange information [on money laundering and terrorism issues] with the international body either. We might just exchange information with a number of member countries bilaterally or multilaterally if negotiations result,” Tayebnia noted.
He said money laundering is an issue which Iranian authorities have been trying to address in the past years, as anti-money-laundering rules could save the country millions of dollars in tax evasion every year.
Since 2009, Iran has taken effective measures to combat money laundering trhough drugs trafficking and tax evasions. Early this year, Iran approved a law to tackle money laundering also through terrorism.
Iran has to follow the FATF rules if it wants to be reconnected to the world finanical systems in the post-sanctions ear. Tehran has been negotiating with the inter-governmental body, which was established in 1989 by the ministers of its member jurisdictions to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. The FATF is therefore a “policy-making body” which works to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas.
Tayebnia criticized the FATF for keeping Iran blacklisted for failing to allegedly support terrorism, saying that it is not fair that Iran which has always been combating terrorism is blacklisted, while the real supporters of terrorist groups such as ISIS are not.
The FATF has recently called on Iran to take a number of new measures if the country wants to be excludued from its money-laundering black list.
As Tehran is negotiating with the international body, critics argue that any deal with the FATF would threaten the national interests
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