Aug 16, 2022 16:47 UTC
  •  Iran in talks with Russia to join Mir payment system

An Iranian finance ministry (MEFA) official says the country is in very advanced stage of talks to join Russia’s Mir payment system.

Qorban Eskandari, who leads MEFA’s banking and insurance department, said on Tuesday that Iran could join Mir within months of conclusion of talks between Iran’s central bank and Russia, which he suggested would take place in a very near future.

Speaking to ILNA news agency, Eskandari said, however, that talks with Russia over the payment system are restricted to bilateral financial ties and access to the banking services in countries that have already joined Mir would take place in the future

Russia established Mir, which means both “peace” and “world” in Russian, in 2017 as an alternative to international financial services like Visa and Mastercard.

Countries like Cuba and South Korea have joined the payment service while Mir cards work in several former Soviet republics as well as in Turkey. Reports have shown that the United Arab Emirates also plans to join Mir.

Iranian Foreign Ministry authorities announced in July that the country will soon start accepting Mir cards for payments and purchases.

The announcement came amid reports showing that Iran and Russia were expanding their economic and trade ties in a bid to counter the impacts of American sanctions on their economies.