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Iraq to import electricity from Iran after US sanctions waiver

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Baghdad, Nov 9, IRNA -- Per the US sanctions waiver, Iraq will be entitled to import electricity from Iran.

Based on reports available, the US has granted Iraq a waiver which allows the country to continue electricity imports from Iran.

The US State Department's representative on Iran Brian Hook announced in Washington on Wednesday that his country had granted Iraq special permission to continue electricity imports.

"We granted Iraq a waiver to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. We are confident that this will help Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south. Iraq is a friend and a partner, and we are committed to its stability and prosperity.'

The US President Donald Trump announced early May that Washington would pull out of Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions, which had been lifted under the accord.

The first round of the sanctions snapped back into place in August, with the second round which will target the energy and oil sectors taking effect on November 5.

This is while other signatories to the deal (i.e. Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia) have thus far criticized Washington's unilateral move and repeatedly stressed their commitment to the deal.

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