April 5, 2016 / 4:40 AM / 3 years ago

Oman's Bank Muscat gets regulatory approvals to open in Iran

DUBAI, April 5 (Reuters) - Bank Muscat has received all regulatory approvals to open a representative office in Iran, Oman’s largest lender said in a bourse filing on Tuesday.

“The bank is in the process of registering the representative office and expects it to open later in 2016,” Bank Muscat said. On Feb. 25, the bank said it planned to open an office in Iran.

Bank Muscat appears to be one of the first foreign financial firms to establish a presence in Iran since the international sanctions, imposed over Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, were lifted in January.

Many international lenders continue to shun dealing with Iranian clients for fear of falling foul of the many other restrictions imposed by the United States that remain in force. (Reporting by David French; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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