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Iraq Rebuffs US on Cutting Off Energy Purchases from Iran

The US is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad. Iraqi leaders are pushing back on the demand, which is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran, according to a report by the New York Times on […]

Iran, Iraq Deal to Boost Cooperation in Electricity

High-ranking officials from Iran and Iraq on Friday signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and a contract to boost cooperation between the two countries in the electricity industry. At the end of his three-day visit to Iran, Iraqi Minister of Electricity Luay al-Khatteeb signed two MoUs and a contract on the electric industry with Iranian […]

PM Urges Rapid Implementation of Iran Banking Deal

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdonnaser Hemmati said Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has voiced “his firm support” for the banking deal reached between the two countries on Tuesday night and called for its rapid implementation. “After a long and four-hour meeting last night with the governor of the Central Bank of […]

Iran, Iraq “Finalize” Payment Mechanism

Governors of the central banks of Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to develop a payment mechanism aimed at facilitating banking ties between the two neighboring countries. The deal on the payment mechanism was signed in a meeting between Iran’s Abdolnaser Hemmati and Iraq’s Ali Mohsen al-Allaq in Baghdad on Tuesday night. Speaking at the […]

Iran Ranked 138th in Good Country Index

By John Lee. Iran has been ranked 138th out of 153 countries in this year’s Good Country Index, placing it just behind Tonga and Venezuela, and ahead of Antigua. Iraq was ranked last, with Libya second-last. The idea of the Good Country Index to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good […]

Iraq “must not be Reliant on Iran”

By John Lee. The UK’s foreign office minister for the Middle East has reportedly said that Iraq must wean itself off economic reliance on Iran and become more energy self-sufficient. On a visit to Iraq on Sunday, Alistair Burt (pictured) told Reuters: “To expect Iran to have no influence in Iraq is fanciful … What […]

What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq

By Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institution. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq The collapse of the shah’s government in Iran in early 1979 impacted the entire world but no country was more affected than Iraq. Saddam Hussein’s regime […]

Official Hails Growing Trend in Iran’s Exports to Iraq

The secretary general of Iran-Iraq joint chamber of commerce highlighted an upward trend in the export of Iranian products to Iraq. In a meeting with Iranian and Iraqi trade delegations, Hamid Hosseini pointed to a growing trend in Iran’s exports to the Arab country, saying its daily value stands at $45 million and sometimes reaches […]

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]

Iraq Emerges as Iran’s Top Export Destination

Iraq has emerged as Iran’s top export destination in the current Iranian year, an official announced. The director of the export bureau of Iran’s Customs Office, Ali Akbar Shadmani, said the value of the country’s exports since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2018) has surpassed $30 billion, with Iraq being the […]

Iraqi Dinar may replace US Dollar in Iran-Iraq Trade

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Iran and Iraq are weighing plans to eliminate US dollar in trade transactions and also lift visa requirements for citizens of the two countries. Speaking at a TV program on Saturday night, Iraj Masjedi said Tehran and Baghdad are considering plans to use Iraqi dinar for trade transactions or develop […]

Iraq offers to Mediate between Trump, Iran

By Laura Rozen for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Concerned that tensions between Iran and the United States could blow back onto Iraq, a senior Iraqi diplomat said today that Iraq would be willing to facilitate dialogue between […]

Wildfires Ravage Marshlands on Iran-Iraq Border

By Shaghayegh Rostampour for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A mother covers her daughter’s mouth and nose with her headscarf as they rush through the heavy smog that blankets a crowded street. She stops to cough, but then […]

Iran “ready to establish Joint Bank with Iraq”

By John Lee. Iran’s private banks have reportedly laid the groundwork for setting up a joint bank with their counterparts in Iraq. Yahya Al-e Es’haq [Yahya Ale-Ishaq] (pictured), head of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, is quoted as saying that the bank would operate under the regulations of central banks of the two countries to facilitate […]

Iran-Iraq Ferry Service Resumes

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Transport has that the ferry between Al-Ashar Quay on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab in Basra and the Iranian port of Khorramshahr has resumed after a three-year suspension. Forty-six passengers travelled on the first service on Saturday. The Director of the General Company for Maritime Transport, Abdul […]

Iraq seeks Sanctions Waiver on Iran Energy Trade

Iraq is negotiating with the U.S. for exemptions from the impending snap-back of sanctions against Iran, arguing that it could not cut consumption of Iranian electricity and natural gas immediately without suffering serious economic harm and social instability. An Iraqi delegation was in Washington last week seeking a waiver for its cross-border trade, meeting with […]

US Dollar Ditched in Iran-Iraq Trade

Chairman of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Ale-Ishaq said that the US dollar is no longer used in the bilateral transactions between the two countries. Dollar-based transactions between Iran and Iraq have been discarded, Ale-Ishaq said on Saturday, adding that euro, the Iranian rial, and the Iraqi dinar are mostly used in the bilateral trade […]

US Sanctions cause Big Losses for Iraqi Investors in Iran

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  The Iranian economy has spiraled out of control since a new set of US-enforced sanctions against trade with Iran went into force Aug. 7, as its currency value has been plummeting ever since while inflation rates are […]

Video: Religious Tourism Squeezed by Iran Sanctions

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay at home. View on YouTube

Closer Cooperation between Iraq and Iran

Iran Eyes Closer Cooperation with Iraq after Formation of New Gov’t Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi hailed the growing relations with Iraq and said Tehran plans to boost its cooperation with Baghdad after a new government is formed in the Arab country. “Our relationship with Iraq as a neighboring country is good and there […]

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