Zarif hails Baghdad’s ‘positive stances’ on Tehran ties
Iranian foreign minister on Sunday described Baghdad’s “positive stances” on ties with Tehran as the main factor behind strengthening of relations between the two neighbors.
Upon his arrival in Baghdad, Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed “positive stances” adopted by the Iraqi officials towards the unilateral sanctions reimposed by the United States against Iran following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
This is my first visit to Iraq after the formation of the new government in the Arab country, Zarif told reporters, according to IRNA.
“During the Iraq visit, we will explore the areas of expansion of relations and cooperation”, he said.
Following the victory over the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq, some countries, particularly the US, created obstacles in the way of expansion of Tehran-baghdad cooperation with the aim of harming relations between the two countries, but they failed to do it, Zarif said.
Zarif said US is a “losing horse”, advising the countries not to bet on the “wrong horse”.
Iraq’s foreign minister said recently that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade.
On December 20, the US granted
Poland’s anti-iran summit
Lawmaker Masoud Goudarzi slammed the Polish government decision to cohost a global summit with the United States focused on Iran, saying the move would badly affect bilateral ties.
“Our ties with Poland were good in the past, but the country’s politics are now affected by the US policies, plunging our bilateral ties to a low level,” he regretted.
Goudarzi, a member of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added that inviting Israel to the meeting would “completely overshadow” Tehran’s cooperation with Warsaw.
The lawmaker said, “The policies Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were reimposed on the Islamic Republic in November.
Trade between the two neighboring countries is thought to amount to around $12bn, while Iran provides around 40 percent of Iraq’s electricity needs.
Although Iraq faces possible censure of Poland, as a European country, should be in tune with those of the European Union and not the US.”
Ties with Iraq
Lawmaker Ali Akbar Karimi said Iran and Iraq need to cement their ties, in particular in the economic sector.
“Iraq is one of our biggest trading partners. The country is the destination of most of the products manufactured in Iran,” he said.
Karimi, a member of Parliament Economic Committee, noted the US sanctions on Iran prompt Tehran to expand its relations with neighbors.
“We are required to have more joint economic projects with Baghdad,” he by the US if it fails to cease its trading with Iran by the end of the waiver period, Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-hakim said his country could continue relations with Iran.
“These sanctions, the siege, or what is called the embargo, these are unilateral, not international. We are not obliged (to follow) them,” he said, speaking to a gathering of journalists added.
The parliamentarian said Iran and Iraq are trying to increase their annual trade volume from current $13 billion to $20 billion.
EU delay panned
Lawmaker Shahrouz Barzegar criticized the European Union for its repeated delays to implement a financial mechanism, known as the special purpose vehicle (SPV), with Iran that aims to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“After repeated delays by the EU in implementation of the SPV, we are not waiting for them anymore,” warned Barzegar, a member of Parliament National Security and Foreign on January 3.
The Iranian top diplomat added that he will meet Iraqi officials during his visit and will attend three trade conferences attended by both countries’ private sectors in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Sulaymaniyah and Karbala.
Managers and heads of dozens of major private and public companies are accompanying the foreign minister. Policy Committee.
“Of course, we had economic talks with other countries,” he said, adding “Iran’s main economic approach is to have stronger economic relations with its neighbors.”
The EU’S mechanism is a kind of clearing house that could be used to help match Iranian oil and gas exports against purchases of the bloc’s goods in an effective barter arrangement circumventing the US sanctions, based on global use of the dollar for oil sales.
It is seen as the lynchpin of European efforts to salvage the nuclear accord, from which US President Donald Trump — who took office after the pact was clinched — withdrew in May, calling it flawed in Iran’s favor.