Foreign companies stepping away from Iran

(Reuters) - Iranian officials accused Germany, Britain and the United Arab Emirates on Monday of refusing to refuel Iranian passenger planes in response to tougher U.S. sanctions over its nuclear programme [ID:nLDE66418N].

A growing number of oil companies, trading houses and other international companies have stopped doing business with Iran this year amid a U.S. drive to isolate Tehran and international efforts to impose tougher sanctions.

Here are some of the companies:

Iran said on Monday that Germany, Britain and the United Arab Emirates were refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes following U.S. unilateral sanctions on the Islamic state, the ISNA news agency reported.

"Since last week, our planes have been refused fuel at airports in Britain, Germany and U.A.E because of the sanctions imposed by America," Mehdi Aliyari, Secretary of Iranian Airlines Union, told ISNA news agency.

* Repsol (REP.MC) has pulled out of a contract it won with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) to develop part of the South Pars gas field in Iran. [LDE65R1O2]

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