The Baghdad Post

AFP: Abadi cancels visit to Iran

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi canceled a visit to Iran on Wednesday because Tehran did not welcome the visit after Iraq’s compliance with US sanctions.

“Abadi, who was scheduled to fly to Turkey and Iran this week, will visit Ankara only without Tehran, because of the overcrowding of his agenda and the lack of integration of the preparation for that,” the French news agency quoted an unnamed Iraqi government official as saying.

“The Iranians are not satisfied with Abadi’s recent statements about US sanctions against Tehran,” the official said.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasimi denied Tehran’s visit to Iran this week.

The Agence France-Presse reported on Saturday (August 11, 2018) that Prime Minister Haider Abadi will visit next week, both Tehran and Ankara, economic allies who are subject to new US sanctions.

“Abadi will travel next Tuesday to Turkey and next Wednesday to Iran to discuss economic issues with the two countries,” the agency quoted an unnamed political official as saying .

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi stressed Iraq’s lack of sympathy for US sanctions against Iran, but his government is obliged to abide by those sanctions to protect the interests of the Iraqi people.

US sanctions on Iran entered its first phase on Tuesday (August 7, 2018), while US President Donald Trump called sanctions on Iran “the harshest sanctions imposed so far” and will be escalated to a new level in November, Is cooperating commercially with Tehran by “losing its trade relations with the United States”. Source