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Iraq will comply with US sanctions against Iran, protect its interests: Abadi

By Rudaw 7/8/2018
After meeting with his cabinet in Baghdad on August 7, 2018, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks to reporters and answers some questions. Photo: GoI
After meeting with his cabinet in Baghdad on August 7, 2018, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks to reporters and answers some questions. Photo: GoI
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday Iraq will abide by the recent US sanctions against Iran, but also expressed his opposition to the sanctions by calling the move an “essential and strategic mistake.”

“Frankly speaking, we will not react to them. Yes we will comply with them basically because it is a greater state than us,” said Abadi during his weekly presser, adding that as premiere he has to protect the interests of his citizens.

He stressed that “in principle, we are completely against sanctions. Iraq has paid the largest amount of money for sanctions. I call it oppression … the sanctions were imposed on the former regime but affected our people … sanctions destroy communities.” 

The former regime of Saddam Hussein was heavily sanctioned by the United States because of oil trade and the Kuwait invasion. The result was millions of its citizens, including Kurds, starving until France and eventually the United Nations and other countries intervened with a no-fly zone and oil-for-food programme.

Abadi noted the world deals the US dollar therefore Baghdad does not want its relations with the US harmed.

US announced a slew of sanctions on Iran targeting its trading sector on Monday, which took force on Tuesday.

Demands of protesters

Before the press conference, Abadi headed his cabinet’s meeting where a number of decisions were made regarding the demands of recent protests in Iraq.

The Council of Ministers vowed to provide services related to electricity, water, education, sanitation and other sectors. It also decided to encourage poultry investment in the country through a specified budget.

Abadi said that representatives of some provinces have visited him and conveyed their messages, adding that soon he will receive a delegation from the war-torn Nineveh province where protests did not occur.

He insisted it is very significant to gain the trust of investors so that they can invest in Iraq.

“Investment and creating of job opportunities relies on trust in the political system. If the world and even Iraqi and other businessmen see that the political process is running normally … he will have trust and then invest.”


Iraq held a parliamentary election on May 12, but is yet to announce final results or to form a new government.


Iraqi corruption

Corruption across the country was one of the main subjects of Abadi’s weekly presser. He revealed that the process of fighting corruption is still under investigation.

“We have begun the process of investigation some officials including ministers, directors and others,” said the premier.


Those who will be sent to court include three ministers and 12 department directors for not adhering government standards. They'll be referred to an integrity commission. 

Asked about the role of Shiite supreme leader Ayatollah Sistani, Abadi said that Sistani does not instruct him but his speeches “help us fight corruption.”


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SAM | 8/8/2018
Kurdish trolls dont troll or provoke others when you dont have any power. Peshmerga KDP and PUK is dadly failed and nothing without coalition airstrikes and US will not be there forever. In few month or years US will leave Iraq. Let us see how long Peshmerga can resist Iraqi army Hashd or ISIS. Peshmerga never fought without US and 60 countries Airstrikes without Airstrikes Peshmerga always fled. My guess is in 3 hours KDP will flee from Erbil. Kurds are happy about sanctions on Iran but they forget at the end they will lose more like they lost Kirkuk in 6 hours. Just tell me what will you make when US leave and Iraqi army starts operation to clean Erbil, even as online nationalists you must know you are a failed region with failed tribe militias who flee all wars. KRG will not survive next 5 years and you can blame yourself you got a region support money weapons but you established a failed divided tribe region totally relying on west and easily to take.
hehe | 8/8/2018
lolol iran getting the middle finger by "their sistani brothers" lol
civilzed turk | 8/8/2018
What did Trump call him and his posse when he was in the white house? the biggest thieves in the world??
Jay | 8/8/2018
Put Maliki on trial, he is the one stole most money, tens of billions, but before you hang him let him and his spoiled son return all the money back. Also sell their properties abroad including apartment buildings in Sydney, Australia, Fairfield suburb to be specific.
SAM | 8/8/2018
Will let you bark like a dog SAM, you must be paid well by your masters in Iran and the thugs and criminals of Hashd and probably the thief Maliki. The end of Iran is coming sooner than we expected. The only troll here is you, so keep barking.

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