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Iran: Larijani’s African visit cut short after Royal Dutch Shell refused refueling his plane

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), which groups suppliers such as Shell, said this was because of “company-specific global policies” its members follow in dealing with Iran, which has had international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear program, Reuters reported.

“In accordance with these company restrictions, the relevant SAPIA members were not able to sell fuel or provide refueling services to Larijani’s aircraft prior to its departure from Cape Town on 7 March 2014,” SAPIA said in a statement.