Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has contradicted his recent reluctant commitment to abide by renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying his government only committed to not using dollars in transactions with Tehran.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Iraqi Federation of Industries Ali Sabih al-Saedi highly regarded the cooperation with the Iranian firms, citing the importance of Iran private sector's participation in creating production lines in Iraq.
According to Iraqi political sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, Iran initially agreed to the visit but changed its mind because it was unhappy about Abadi's remarks.
"We consider them (sanctions on Iran) a strategic mistake and incorrect, but we will abide by them to protect the interests of our people".
Abadi's Islamic Dawa Party called upon all free countries in the world, especially Islamic governments, to reject the unjust USA sanctions against Iran.
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Abadi on August 7 said he did not agree with the renewed US sanctions, but clarified that he would abide by them to protect Iraq's interests and shield the country from retaliatory actions by Washington. "It's a disloyal attitude towards the honest position of Iran and the blood of the martyrs this country has spilled to defend the land of Iraq" against militants, said Hussein.
In an exclusive interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Ashtari said the potential of armed forces and border guards has increased, adding that it was proved for anti-Revolution and terrorist groups that they will receive crushing response at border.
Under the 2015 deal, the United States agreed to lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for a halt to Iran's controversial nuclear program and the access of global inspectors to relevant facilities.
In a tweet posted earlier this week, President Donald Trump wrote: "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States".
Iraq buys goods worth 6.6 billion AMD annually from Iran.