Mar 20, 2019 15:16 Asia/Tehran
  • US grants Iraq new 90-day waiver to buy Iranian energy. Photo by TIMA
    US grants Iraq new 90-day waiver to buy Iranian energy. Photo by TIMA

A US State Department official said that the US administration has granted Iraq a new 90-day sanctions waiver to buy Iranian energy.

Iran Press/America: The official on Tuesday in an interview with the CNBC said that the exemption would allow Iraq to continue to buy electricity from Iran.

The US State Department official said Washington would continue to talk to the Iraqi people about sanctions in Iran, Iran Press reported.

In December 2018, Donald Trump government exempted Iraq from sanctions against Iran for a period of 90 days. The first exemption period ended on March 19th.

Iraq imports much of its energy needs, including electricity and gas from Iran.

The US State Department official, who did not want to be named, noted that the exemption allowed Iraq to continue to buy electricity from Iran.

At the same time, the US State Department official stated that Washington would continue to engage in talks with Iraqis on Iran's sanctions.

Iraqi officials have repeatedly reiterated their opposition to US unilateral sanctions against Iran and stated that their country would not abide by these sanctions.104/213

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