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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 Iraq 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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Iran, Sanctions and Iraq: The Bigger Picture

By Ahmed Tabaqchali. Originally published by Iraq in Context; re-published by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Current analysis of renewed Iran sanctions often overlooks the wider context of Iraq’s regional trading relations.  The extent of Iraq’s compliance with […]

Iraq to Reduce Visa Charges for Iranian Pilgrims

By John Lee. Iraq will reportedly reduce its visa charges for Iranian pilgrims later this year. According to the report from Associated Press, the reduction will only apply to pilgrims of the “Arbaeen,” the anniversary of the passage of 40 days after the death of Shiite Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Visas normally cost […]

Iraq Fails to convince Iran to Resume Power Supply

Iraqi Electricity Minister Qassem Al-Fahdawi (pictured) said yesterday that his country has failed to convince Iran to resume supplying Iraq with electricity. Last Friday, Al-Fahdawi along with an Iraqi delegation arrived in Tehran where they held talks with Iranian officials to resume supplying Iraq with 1,000 megawatts of electricity, which Tehran cut off about two […]

IGAT-6 Gas Pipeline Fully Operational

Iran has fully launched the 6th nationwide gas trunkline (IGAT-6) which bolsters the country’s gas export capacity to Iraq. The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) CEO Hamidreza Araqi said a major section of the project came online last calendar year (ended on March 20) and the last 100-km of the project has now come on-stream. […]

An Integrated Approach for Iraq/Iran Border Fields

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. An Integrated Approach for Investment in Joint Development-Unitization for Iraq/Iran Border Petroleum Fields & Exploration Blocks This article provides brief note in panel discussion and abstract of a keynote PowerPoint presentation prepared […]

Video: Will Iran-US Tensions threaten Iraq’s Stability?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It’s been three weeks since the parliamentary election in Iraq and many Iraqis voted for a nationalist party opposed to foreign interference. But both Riyadh and Washington want an Iraq that is sympathetic […]

US, Iran “Face Off” in Former Extremist-Held Iraqi Town

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Locals in Al Qaim, Anbar, worry that the current stable security situation can’t last. It’s being upheld by US troops and Iran-allied militias, whose antipathy toward one another is […]

Iraq’s Pro-Iran Factions shrug off US Sanctions Push

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Two pro-Iranian militias active in Iraq and Syria declared that possible US sanctions targeting them would be ineffective and claimed that such sanctions would actually strengthen their presence and expansion in […]