BAGHDAD – Iran has canceled a visit from the Iraqi Prime Minister, who said that despite his opposition to the US's renewed sanctions on Tehran, he has no choice but to abide by it. an Iraqi official said on Sunday.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi should visit Iran and Turkey this week. The official said the visit to Turkey, starting on Tuesday, will continue as planned.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to inform the media. Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi declined to comment.
Iran has maintained close ties with the Iraqi government since the US-led 2003 invasion overthrew Saddam Hussein, Tehran's archenemy. Since then, Iraq has built strong ties with Washington, forcing its government to balance relations with both countries. Iraq occasionally brokered between Iran and the US and promoted talks between the two.
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"Can I, the Iraqi Prime Minister, endanger Tehran's interests? Iraqis just to take a stand?" he said. "We do not sympathize with the sanctions, we do not think they are appropriate and we do not interact with them, but we are committed to protecting our people."
Last week, the US began restoring sanctions In 2015, Trump was released from Iran, from whom Trump resigned in May.
The government says the renewed sanctions will force Tehran to halt its alleged support for international terrorism, its military activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile programs.