Iraq sending team to US to seek deal on transactions with Iran

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said Iraq will send a delegation to the United States seeking an agreement on financial transactions with Iran. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 28 August 2018
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Iraq sending team to US to seek deal on transactions with Iran

BAGHDAD: 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.
His statement was the first by an Iraqi official since Reuters reported last week Baghdad was going to ask Washington for exemptions from some of the sanctions because Iraq’s economy is closely linked with neighboring Iran.
“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.
US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in May from world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, calling it flawed, and reimposed trade sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The Trump administration has warned of consequences for countries that do not respect the sanctions. Baghdad is in a difficult position — its two biggest allies are the United States and Iran, themselves arch-adversaries.
Iraqi government and central bank officials said the delegation will travel to Washington to ask for exemptions in applying the sanctions. They did not say when that trip would take place.


Palestinian dies during arrest by Israeli army

Updated 18 September 2018
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Palestinian dies during arrest by Israeli army

  • The army confirmed the death of Mohammed Khatib, 24, in custody but said he not resisted arrest
  • The military did not provide further details on the reasons for his arrest

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian died after being arrested during a raid in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Israeli army said Tuesday, with his family accusing soldiers of beating him.
The army confirmed the death of Mohammed Khatib, 24, in custody but said he not resisted arrest.
“The army apprehended a Palestinian suspected of hostile activities in Beit Rima during the night,” an army spokeswoman told AFP, referring to a village north of Ramallah in the West Bank.
“He was arrested without violence or resistance from his part. He lost consciousness and was treated by Israeli soldiers at the scene.”
He died later in hospital, she added.
The military did not provide further details on the reasons for his arrest.
Khatib’s brother Bashir told AFP by phone that the army had raided the house in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“They entered Mohammed’s room while he was sleeping, and they beat him violently and we heard screaming,” he said.
“After a while he went silent, and a soldier carried him out on his back.”
The Palestinian Prisoners Club also said family members had accused the army of beating Khatib.
It said it held Israel responsible for his death.