August 8, 2018 / 08:33 AM
PM Abadi says Iraq opposes US sanction on Iran

Iraq does not agree with US sanctions against Iran  Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday, August 7, but stated that Baghdad will abide by the sanction to protect its own interests.

“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, according to Reuters.
“We consider them [sanctions on Iran] a strategic mistake and incorrect but we will abide by them to protect the interests of our people. We will not interact with them or support them but we will abide by them,” he added.
US President Donald Trump pledged on Tuesday that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from the United States, as new US sanctions against Iran took effect.
The United States and Iran are Iraq’s two biggest allies, and the sanctions put Abadi’s outgoing government in a difficult position.
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