IRAQI Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has dramatically refused to say that Iraq will honour new US sanctions on Iran, despite saying last week that it would.
Speaking at a news conference in Baghdad, Mr al-Abadi said: “I did not say we would abide by the sanctions.
Asked whether Iraq will halt imports of equipment and commodities from Iranian state-owned companies, he said: “We honestly have not made any decision regarding this issue until now.”
However just last week Mr al-Abadi suggested Iraq would abide by the sanctions, despite disagreeing with them.
He explained: “Can I, the Prime Minister of Iraq, endanger the interests of Iraq just to make a stand?
“We don’t sympathise with the sanctions, we don’t think they are appropriate, but we are committed to protect our people.”
Mr al-Abadi had been due to visit Iran for an official visit later this month, but the visit was abruptly cancelled by the Iranian government.