Iranian journalist: Baghdad has refused to export Iranian goods as an Iraqi to avoid international sanctions on Iran
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TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian journalist on Saturday discussed attempts by his country's authorities to cover up a news conference in which Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mehdi held talks to highlight the outstanding issues between Baghdad and Tehran over economic cooperation between the two countries.
The Iranian journalist, Farzad Qasimi, in a report, published by the "Nass" and viewed by "economy News", "The authorities in Iran did not announce the reason for trying to cover up a news conference of Abdul Mahdi, but a diplomatic source participated in the meeting confirmed that the reason for the differences And outstanding issues about economic cooperation between the two sides, which prompted them to avoid answering embarrassing questions. "
The Iranian journalist stressed that "Abdul Mahdi insisted during the visit to Iranian officials to accept the receipt of dues Iran estimated $ 4 billion for the export of gas and electricity to Baghdad in Iraqi dinar instead of the US currency; to avoid the fall of his government under the sanctions of Washington imposed on Tehran.
He added that "the Iranian leaders rejected the offer of Abdul-Mahdi, and suggested in place of the receipt of dues in the European euro," pointing to "another dispute was caused by the Iraqi Prime Minister to include in the contracts of any agreement reached an item allows Baghdad not to implement if it turns out that the project causes a crisis Political with other countries ".
He explained that "the insistence of Abdul Mahdi on the items came under scrutiny after reports that talked about Tehran's intention to take advantage of the opening of the road and the railway line between the two countries in the transfer of weapons and troops from Iran to Syria and Lebanon," noting that Abdul Mahdi stressed that "open roads should be limited To facilitate the transit of visitors and goods, and that Iraq can not allow the use of its land to transfer weapons to other countries, which may bring him into trouble with the United States and its Arab neighbors.
The Iranian journalist said that "the latest dispute represents the rejection by the Iraqis of an Iranian proposal to allow the transfer of some Iranian raw materials, such as oil, to the free trade areas to be established by the Iraqi side and can be re-exported as an Iraqi."