Iraq to respect dollar ban but not all US sanctions on Iran -PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. (AFP)
Updated 13 August 2018
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Iraq to respect dollar ban but not all US sanctions on Iran -PM

  • Al-Abadi said on Monday his government was only committed to not using dollars in transactions with Iran
  • His statement contradicted one he made last week when he said Iraq disagreed with the US sanctions

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Monday his government was only committed to not using dollars in transactions with Iran, not to abiding with the full scope of US sanctions against the country.
“Our commitment in the Iran issue is to not use the dollar currency in transaction, not abiding by the US sanctions,” state television quoted him as telling a news conference.
His statement contradicted one he made last week when he said Iraq disagreed with the US sanctions on Iran but that it would abide by them to safeguard its own interests, triggering criticisms from Iran-allied Iraqi politicians and in the Islamic Republic. The US and Iran are both key allies of Iraq.


UAE FM and Egyptian president meet in Cairo

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UAE FM and Egyptian president meet in Cairo

DUBAI: UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday.

Sheikh Abdullah commended the role played by Egypt in ensuring regional stability, and noted that the current circumstances in the region necessitate "cementing pan-Arab solidarity and cooperation to confront the besetting challenges," Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported. 

El-Sisi reaffirmed his country's support for the UAE in light of recent developments in the Arabian Gulf. 

"Egypt is avidly following up the ongoing developments in the Arabian Gulf region, particularly the latest incidents that posed a menacing threat to the safety of maritime navigation ," said El-Sisi, asserting his country's support for the governments and peoples of “UAE and other countries against various challenges, including attempts to destabilize the region.”

Sheikh Abdullah and El-Sisi also reviewed the latest developments in Sudan and expressed solidarity with the people of Sudan to survive the current critical stage that the country is in and fulfill their ambitions.