All countries except 3 terrorist regimes in favor of FATF’s extension of deadline for Iran: Zarif

TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that all the countries except three terrorist regimes are in favor of FATF’s extension of the deadline.

“Almost the vast majority of the speakers who spoke during the meetings of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in the past few days were in favor of extension of deadline for Iran,” said Foreign Minister Zarif, adding, “But three countries of United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel regime which support terrorism, are against the extension of the deadline.”

“We have to see what will happen today,” he said.

The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global anti-money laundering body, has given Iran a final deadline of February 2020 to implement a set of four bills to meet the standards set by the watchdog.

Last October, Iran's Parliament passed the four bills, but only two of them have so far gone into effect.

The Expediency Council is in charge of deciding the fate of the two other bills, namely one on Iran’s accession to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, commonly known in Iran as ‘Palermo’, and the other one a bill amending Iran’s Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) law.

Those against the endorsement of the FATF-related bills say the move would impose further restrictions on Iran’s economic relations while the country is under US severe sanctions.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal claimed on Thursday that the Task Force will blacklist Iran in Friday's session of the body.

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