US grants Iraq 45-day waiver over Iran curbs to im­port gas

Khaleej Times - - MIDDLE EAST -

baghdad — Iraq can con­tinue to im­port nat­u­ral gas and en­ergy sup­plies from Iran for a pe­riod of 45 days, the US has said, sev­eral days after reim­pos­ing sanc­tions on Tehran’s oil sec­tor.

“The US has given Iraq a tem­po­rary relief from the sanc­tions for 45 days to con­tinue pur­chas­ing nat­u­ral gas and elec­tric­ity from Iran,” the US Em­bassy in Iraq said in a video pub­lished on its of­fi­cial Face­book page on Thurs­day.

“This relief gives Iraq time to start tak­ing steps towards en­ergy in­de­pen­dence,” the video said. Iraq cen­tral bank of­fi­cials said in Au­gust that the coun­try’s econ­omy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad would ask US for ex­emp­tions from some of the sanc­tions. —

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