Iranian banks have started buying Qatar’s riyal from exporters of goods and services to the Persian Gulf emirate, director general of Trade Promotion Organization for Iran’s Arab-African affairs said.
After several meetings were held by traders, exporters and representatives of the Central Bank of Iran, Bank Saderat and Bank Melli Iran, the process of transferring hard currency resulting from exports to Qatar into the country were corrected and the method of setting the rate for purchasing foreign currencies from exporters were announced,” Farzad Piltan was also quoted as saying by TPO’s website.
He said that from Jan. 28, a day after CBI made the first purchase deal, Bank Saderat changed its base purchase price to the price announced by the regulator. On Monday, Qatar’s riyal gained more than 2% against the Iranian currency and was traded for 250 rials. Oman’s rial grew by more than 4%, reaching 5,000 rials.
The Central Bank of Iran would maintain control over the country’s currency market despite the hostile attempts by the US and its allies, the bank’s governor said.
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