The Iranian government has decided to replace the US dollar with euro in its international transactions in a move to prevent the greenback’s fluctuations from negatively affecting the Iranian economy.
“All ministries, governmental organizations and firms are obliged to choose euro as the main currency used in reporting and publishing statistics, information and financial data,” read a Farsi statement published on the Iranian government’s website on Wednesday.
The decision was made at a meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, apparently in response to what Iranian officials describe as an economic plot hatched by the US and its allies to decrease the value of the Iranian currency rial.
The currency had lost close to half of its value on the free market since September before authorities implemented a plan to unify official and free-market exchange rates for the rial in favour of a single rate set at 42,000 against the US dollar last week.
Moreover, the Central Bank of Iran clamped a 10,000-euro ($12,400) ceiling on the amount of foreign currency that citizens can hold outside banks.
Some analysts blame threats by US President Donald Trump that he will return US sanctions on Iran unless the so-called flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal are fixed.
The deadline for Trump administration to extend Iran sanctions waivers is May 12. The US refusal to keep sanctions frozen will mean the US is longer bound by the pact.
However, Iranian officials blame plots of foreign adversaries for the problem.
The bill must be approved by the Iranian parliament and the Guardian Council before going into effect.