Iraq’s Abadi says disagrees with US sanctions on Iranian regime

Orient Net 2018-08-08 03:58:00

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Iraqi Regime’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on August 7 that he does not agree with US sanctions reimposed this week on Iran, but will abide by them to protect his country’s interests, Radio Free Europe said.

"As a matter of principle, we are against sanctions in the region. Blockades and sanctions destroy societies and do not weaken regimes," he said at a news conference in Baghdad.

"We consider them a strategic mistake and incorrect, but we will abide by them to protect the interests of our people," he said.

US President Donald Trump has vowed that companies doing business with Tehran will be barred from operating in the vast US marketplace.

Iraq is the second-largest buyer of Iranian non-oil exports, buying some $6 billion worth of goods from its eastern neighbor in 2017.

It also buys Iranian-generated electricity to deal with chronic power cuts that have been a key factor sparking mass protests in recent weeks.