News ID: 252608
Published: 0932 GMT May 10, 2019

PM reaffirms Iraq won’t cooperate with US on Iran sanctions

PM reaffirms Iraq won’t cooperate with US on Iran sanctions

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said his country will not be part of the regime of US sanctions against Iran and that is Baghdad’s clear and declared policy.

The premier made the remarks in a Thursday meeting with the ambassadors of the UK, Germany, and France to Baghdad, Press TV reported.

“Iraq seeks to have relations and cooperation with all its neighbors, Arab countries, and all other states in the region and the world including the US and Iran,” he said.

“Iraq’s relations play a key role in reinforcing security and stability as well as the economic prosperity of the region and the world … and its balanced ties have positively affected its internal stability,” the Iraqi prime minister said.

Abdul-Mahdi stressed that Iraq’s decision not to be part of US unilateral sanctions against Iran is a pillar of this balanced policy.

The leader of the Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, also told US Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield that the Arab country will not turn into a base for aggression against other countries.

“Iraq is trying to reinforce stability in the region and remain neutral and independent in its decisions, and thus does not allow its territory to be used for aggression against other states,” he said.

The comments came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scrapped a visit to Germany on Tuesday to make an unannounced trip to Iraq, pressing Iraqi leaders about what he called the increased dangers to Americans there from Iran’s forces and allies.

Pompeo said he also used the four-hour visit to Iraq to discuss "big energy deals that can disconnect them from Iranian energy."

Iraq's Electricity Minister Luay al-Khateeb said on Monday his country had brushed aside US demands that Baghdad stop gas and power imports from neighboring Iran.

Khateeb did not say whether the Americans had made the demand after ending waivers for exports of crude oil from Iran this month.

US pressures on Iraq to wean itself off Iran has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad.

Washington is pressing Baghdad to source them from other countries or develop its own energy self-sufficiency. Iraqi leaders say the country cannot stop Iranian gas imports without serious electricity shortages.




Resource: Press TV
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