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