Iraq “we will not interact” with Iran sanctions — state TV quoting PM

State television quoted Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi commenting on Iran sanctions. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 07 August 2018
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Iraq “we will not interact” with Iran sanctions — state TV quoting PM

  • "We are against international sanctions..." state television quoted PM Haider Al-Abadi as saying

BAGHDAD: Iraq “will not interact” with US sanctions on Iran but will protect its own interests, state television quoted Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi as saying on Tuesday.
“We are against international sanctions and there is an experience in Iraq that led to the weakening of the country and the people,” the broadcaster quoted him as saying in a news conference.
Footage of Abadi speaking was not immediately available.


Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

Updated 26 March 2019
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Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

  • Israel seized part of the Golan during the 1967 Six-Day War, subsequently annexing it in 1981
  • US President Trump officially recognized Israel's sovereignty of the Golan Heights on March 25, 2019

JEDDAH: Arab states on Monday condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The decision “does not change the area’s status” as illegally occupied territory, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

Breaking decades of international consensus, Trump signed a proclamation at the White House on Monday recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the border area that Israel seized from Syria in 1967. 

Syria said the decision was a blatant attack on its sovereignty. 

“Trump does not have the right or the legal authority to legitimize the occupation,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Opposition chief Nasr Al-Hariri said Trump’s decision would “lead to more violence and instability, and it will have negative effects on efforts to engineer peace in the region.”

Lebanon said the move “violates all the rules of international law” and “undermines any effort to reach a just peace.”

“The Golan Heights are Syrian Arab land, no decision can change this, and no country can revisit history by transferring ownership of land from one country to another,” the Foreign Ministry said.