BERLIN 

European countries used INSTEX trading mechanism for the first time for exporting medical gear to Iran, the German Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

“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,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the goods were transported to Iran.

The INSTEX mechanism was set up last year by Germany, France and the U.K. to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, by allowing European companies to continue trade with Iran despite sanctions imposed by the U.S.

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