Iran has a message for the world's financial institutions: We want to do business again.
Representatives of the Iranian government met the week before last with the Financial Action Task Force, the international body that has blacklisted the country from the global financial system. It was the first such meeting in eight years, and Iran's willingness to do so may signal that it isn't getting as much economic pop from the end of nuclear sanctions as it hoped it would.
The governor of Iran's Central Bank, Valiollah Seif, disclosed the meeting, which took place in Paris, during an interview with CNBC. Seif said FATF representatives "were surprised by the steps taken by the Iranian banks and financial institutions," and "that they were not aware of the changes we have made in our banking sector."