Foreign Policy
Wed May 13, 2020 5:9
Iranian Envoy: No Deal with Washington on Al-Kadhimi’s Election
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi said that election of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraq's new prime minister was not the result of an agreement with Washington.

“No deal was made with Washington about designation of al-Kadhimi as Iraq’s prime minister,” Masjedi told the Iran-based Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Wednesday.

He said that al-Kadhimi’s government has been supported by all political groups in Iraq, expressing the hope that Iraq would witness stability and security after his election.

Masjedi also said that despite all its attempts to pressure Baghdad, Washington cannot take any measure to impose sanctions on Iraq as the country needs Iran’s energy and electricity.

He, meantime, expressed optimism that the new Iraqi government would have positive interactions with Iran, saying that new agreements have been made to strengthen bilateral ties.

A major Iranian exporter said on Saturday that Iran will continue exporting energy to Iraq despite obstacles placed by the illegal US sanctions that prevent Iran from receiving its money back from the country.

Iranian exporter Hamid Hosseini said that Iran may decide to use the money accumulated in Iraq for energy exports to buy commodities in exchange.

“The money for electricity and gas exports is deposited in an account in the Trade Bank of Iraq,” said Hosseini, adding, “We succeeded to release part of the money last year and the rest is still in the account.”

He added that 1,500 megawatts of electricity are exported to Iraq per day. One megawatt can power nearly 1,000 homes.

“Iran also exports around 30 million cubic meters of natural gas to Iraq each day to help the country run its power plants,” Hosseini said.

 

 

 

 

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