Washington extends the deadline to exempt Iran from exporting electricity to Iraq
The waiver of sanctions gives Iran another 120 days to sell electricity to Iraq without facing sanctions, an arrangement that brought income to the Iranian regime, according to the American journalist.
The Trump administration set the timeframe for the waiver in an effort to wind down those sales, but the Biden administration renewed them for a maximum of 120 days.
The newspaper quoted the US State Department, as saying, that it had tried "to deliver the classified portion on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 23 and 24, but due to the closure of the offices of Congress in connection with the Thanksgiving holiday, it was unable to determine the appropriate recipients." Because of this delay, Congress did not receive the information until Monday.
In the notification, the State Department asserts that Iranian electricity sales to Iraq remain "in the national security interests of the United States." According to the exemption, Iraq's failure to reduce its dependence on Iranian electricity "necessitated the United States to waive sanctions to allow for these sales."
Iraq is holding talks with Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, to import electricity from them by linking its network to the Gulf system, after it had depended on Iran alone during the past years by importing 1,200 megawatts of energy.
Iraq also intends to import electricity from Jordan and Turkey, in an effort from Baghdad to fill the shortage until building power stations that are able to meet local consumption.
Iraq has been suffering from a chronic electricity shortage crisis for decades, as a result of the siege and successive wars; For many years, residents have protested against frequent power cuts, especially in the summer, when the temperature reaches 50 degrees Celsius.
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