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Until midday on Wednesday, Iraqi officials in Baghdad did not receive any clear response from the US administration on a detailed government offer recently on the need to continue Iraq's import of Iranian gas to operate power plants in the south and center of the country, as well as the import of electricity through the pressure lines Higher in Basra, Maysan and Diyala.
Baghdad demands through this offer a complete exception of the sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington, which does not seem easily available this time, especially after the recent US decision to stop the exemptions that were granted to some countries to buy Iranian oil, which makes the Iraqi government under great pressure From several directions.
Perhaps the first pressure is the real need for Iranian energy, and then there is the internal political pressure by various forces on the government to not abide by US sanctions and defiance, as well as the risk of Baghdad to do so, officials warn that any US sanctions on Iraq, mean the collapse of the Iraqi dinar, Security and military cooperation with the United States is in great confusion.
A senior Iraqi minister in the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi said in a press statement that Baghdad had been waiting for a few days for an American response to a request for a new exception, in which he gave a detailed explanation of the situation of the energy sector and fears of sinking the cities of central and southern Iraq, As well as electricity. "We hope that the US administration will deal with this issue with special importance, not the rest of the countries that demanded exceptions, such as India and South Korea, as we do not import oil, but gas in quantities that are not significant or significant."
"The fact that the Americans have not responded to Iraq's request so far may mean they do not want to give us any exception," he said. "This means that they may want to give Iraq an exception. And the efforts of political blocs to pass a law in this regard in Parliament, or the file of neutralization of Iran and its active papers in Iraq from the ministries of defense and the interior, or the cancellation of some of the recent agreements between Baghdad and Tehran.
"If there is no exchange or any room for bargaining, then the Americans really want to end the gray zone and put the Iraqi government in the way of cutting off the relationship and sticking with Iran, like the rest of the region, or face sanctions," he said. The second is certainly more difficult. Iraq is in a state where it can not face any American sanctions, not economically or even securityly. "
"The Iranians are far smarter than to put pressure on the Iraqi government or political forces to engage in a confrontation, either with or against," he said. "There may eventually be a cut in the deal between the two sides, in line with the American storm in the region, but that does not mean that Iran has certainly lost allegiances or political papers inside Iraq. "
Iraq imports about 28 million cubic meters of gas daily, which it uses to generate electricity in stations spread south and central country. It also imports about 1,200 megawatts of electricity through high-pressure lines in Basra, Maysan and Diyala south and east of Iraq, in accordance with an agreement with Iran soon enters its eighth year.
Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said in a commentary on the US administration's recent decision against Iran, in which it decided not to renew the exemptions of a number of countries from the sanctions imposed on Tehran on the import of oil, that "the decision concerns only oil exports, and we "The government will provide electricity to the citizens this season, better than before," he said at his weekly conference in Baghdad.
In turn, the energy expert Hamza Jawahri, in a press statement, "The balance of trade between Iraq and Iran spoiled in favor of the latter, and Baghdad has nothing to exchange Tehran for gas and electricity. Iraq now has no alternative but Iran, and if it is fully subjected to America, the situation will return to what it was in the past, five and six years ago, when the country produced 11 megawatts of electricity, and we will be in front of a major humanitarian disaster during the summer Next ".
"America is turning a blind eye to Iraq's status as a special case and ignoring its breaches with Iran through agreements in which Washington will gain gains within the country at the expense of Tehran," Jawhari said. "He said.
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