South Africa hopes for EU “breakthrough” over Iran oil


South Africa expects a “breakthrough” soon in its discussions with Brussels about the impact of European Union sanctions on oil exports from Iran, historically its biggest supplier of crude, a top South African energy official said on Friday.

“There is going to be a meeting in Moscow quite shortly, which we firmly believe is going provide a breakthrough with regard to the sanctions,” Nelisiwe Magubane, director general in the energy department, told reporters.
“We put our case in a manner that indicated that the sanctions are not just going to impact the South African economy, but it is also going to impact that of our neighbours.”