Amidst tensions between the two countries over the issue of US sanctions, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi cancels his trip to Tehran but confirms his trip to Turkey. The official reason given for the cancelation is the PM's "busy schedule" according to the Iraqi PM's media office.
A visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi to Tehran has been canceled amid Baghdad’s commitment to adhere to US sanctions on Iran, Iraqi media outlets reported on Sunday (August 12).
The media office of the Prime Minister, Haider Abadi, said on Sunday (August 12) that Iraq’s position on the US sanctions imposed on Iran stems from the general interest of Iraq.
“The position of Iraq towards these sanctions was not improvised or hasty, but was subjected to a study and accounts of the interests of Iraq and the Iraqis,” said aspokesman for Iraqi government, Saad al-Hadithi.
Abadi, however, is set to pay a visit to Turkey on Tuesday (August 13), according to Iran’s Mehr news agency.
The media office of Iraqi PM said the cencelation of Abadi’s visit to Tehran is “due to of his busy schedule.”
Abadi’s stance on US sanctions against Iran has been widely criticized by Iraqi political parties close to Iran as “unilateral.”
On Tuesday, US sanctions against Iran began, despite appeals by Washington’s allies. Trump wrote on Twitter: “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”
The US president has also vowed to ban companies dealing with Iran from trading with the United States.