Three European countries back Iraq against anti-Iran sanctions
Meeting with the Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Saturday, British, French and German ambassadors in Baghdad expressed their support for Iraq against the effects of the US sanctions on Iran.
Iran Pres/ Middle East: According to a statement released by Iraqi Prime Minister’s office after the meeting, the three European countries expressed the willingness of London, Paris and Berlin to continue cooperation with Iraq in the face of US sanctions against Iran.
British, French and German ambassadors in Baghdad also reiterated their support for Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) despite US withdrawal from the deal.
Last November, the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview with USA Today, had talked about the illegality of US sanctions against Iran, and the fact that US was putting pressure on countries which had business and trade ties with Iran.
The statement by the Iraqi Prime Minister's office said that the three ambassadors also voiced their support for Iraq’s current moderate stance on the regional and international levels and added that their countries regarded Iraq as an important strategic and economic power in the region.
The statement added strengthening the three countries’ relations with Iraq and Iraq’s political situation and regional developments were also discussed during the meeting.
Adil Abdul-Mahdi, for his part, emphasized Iraq's interest in strengthening relations with the three major European countries, saying "Iraq is moving on the right path, especially after its victory against ISIS that threatened the whole world."
Baghdad declared victory over ISIS at the end of last year, but the terror group holds pockets of territory in the vast deserts of eastern Syria and maintains its' ability to strike inside Iraq.
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