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January 24, 2017
UANI Warns President Trump of Fiat Chrysler’s Pursuit of Iran Business
Trump Met Today with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne
New York, NY – On the heels of President Donald Trump’s meeting with automakers in Washington today, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), the non-partisan, not-for-profit global advocacy organization, is raising concerns with the White House about Fiat Chrysler’s ties to the Iranian regime.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, one of three executives from leading automakers to participate in today’s meeting with the President, is reported to be pursuing re-entry into the Iranian market through a joint venture with Iran Khodro Group, one of Iran’s largest automakers. Iran Khodro is a subsidiary of IDRO, an Iranian government body that controls companies involved in developing the regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Fiat previously halted its Iran business in response to a UANI campaign which highlighted photographic evidence of Fiat Iveco-brand trucks being used in public executions in Iran and to transport Iranian missiles.
“Automakers have long known the risks of doing business with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. Any company meeting with the Trump administration should be transparent about its activities, and be prepared for the consequences of working with an Iranian regime committed to its long-standing ‘Death to America’ dogma,” said UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management and Reform.
“Fiat Chrysler, as a leading U.S. government contractor, should not be engaging the Iranian regime, which threatens the security of the U.S. and is already responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers from Lebanon to Iraq,” added UANI Chairman and former U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. “Fiat should also be mindful and respectful of the fact that President Trump is opposed to the current nuclear deal with Iran and may either withdraw from the agreement, more aggressively monitor Iran’s compliance with it, and/or impose new sanctions on companies doing business with Iran.”
President Trump’s meeting follows the annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), where UANI led a campaign warning participants of the numerous business risks they face in engaging with the Iranian auto industry. UANI will continue to highlight industries whose efforts in Iran undermine international security.