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IRAQI PM ABADI CANCELS VISIT TO IRAN AMID BACKLASH ON U.S. SANCTIONS

Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi, cancelled a visit to Iran, his press office said, as the premier came under strong Iranian criticism, over his stand on renewed US sanctions against Tehran.

Abadi will still go ahead with a planned visit to Turkey on Tuesday, but has scrapped the Iran leg of the trip because of his busy schedule, his office said.

An Iraqi official had said on Saturday, that Abadi would visit both neighbouring Turkey and Iran to discuss economic issues.

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.

The premier said last Tuesday that Iraq - which relies on neighbouring Iran as a source of cheap imports -- would reluctantly comply with US sanctions against Tehran that took effect the same day.

We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them, said Abadi, whose country is an ally of both Tehran and Washington.

In general, sanctions are unjust, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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