0437 GMT June 19, 2021
In an interview with Tasnim News Agency in Baghdad, Iraqi premier's adviser for construction and services, Sabah Abdul-Latif, said Iraq is fully committed to the settlement of its debts to Iran.
Hailing Iran for supplying his country with energy and natural gas, Abdul-Latif said the US economic sanctions have posed an obstacle though Baghdad is ready to clear its debts.
He said an Iraqi delegation recently traveled to Washington to discuss the problems resulting from the US sanctions on Iran.
“I believe the problem has nothing to do with Iraq, as the country is still making special efforts to repay its debts to Iran and is ready to do that. However, the economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic pose an obstacle,” the adviser added.
He described Iran as Iraq’s “economic and political depth” and a reliable support amid all crises that have arisen in the Arab country.
Abdul-Latif emphasized that the cooperation between Iraq and Iran should not be confined to trade exchanges, saying the two countries must collaborate in the technology sector as well.
“Because of my academic background, I monitor the conditions of technology and science in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and I’m deeply interested in technology exchanges between the two brotherly nations,” he added.
Iraq is eager to use Iran’s experiences in the technological and scientific sectors, Abdul-Latif underlined.
Iraq has called for a return of Iran’s reduced gas exports to the country to the former level months after the National Iranian Gas Company, a subsidiary of the Iranian Oil Ministry, decreased gas flow to Iraq over arrears on previous payments.
On Saturday, Iraqi Electricity Minister Majid Mahdi Hantoush held a meeting with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Tehran to discuss arrears on a multi-billion-dollar debt Iraq owes to Iran for imports of natural gas in recent years.