August 28, 2018 / 4:15 PM / 21 days ago

Iraq sending team to U.S. to seek deal on transactions with Iran -PM

BAGHDAD, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Iraq will send a delegation to the United States seeking an agreement on financial transactions with Iran following Washington’s reimposition of sanctions on Tehran, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday.

“We are not with economic sanctions against any country and that is our strategic position,” state television quoted Abadi as saying at a weekly news conference.

His statement was the first by an Iraqi official since Reuters reported last week that Baghdad was going to ask Washington for exemptions from some of the sanctions because Iraq’s economy is closely linked with neighbouring Iran. (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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