Iran has cancelled a visit by Iraq's prime minister after he said that while he was opposed to renewed United States sanctions on Tehran he had no choice but to abide by them, AP reported an Iraqi official as saying.
Last week he described the U.S. sanctions on Iran as a "strategic mistake" and "incorrect" but said that Iraq would abide by them to safeguard its own interests. "We don't sympathize with the sanctions, we don't think they are appropriate and we don't interact with them, but we are committed to protect our people".
The Iranian stop would have been part of Abadi's tour which kicks off on Tuesday in Turkey to discuss economic relations between the two countries.
The security condition is good at Iran-Iraq common borders, he said.
"I have previously said this, we should not oppose Iraq's partition", Zadeh said on Twitter.
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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has retracted remarks he previously made about Iraq abiding by the U.S. sanctions on Iran, stating his comments were misunderstood.
Conflicting reports emerged on Monday around a potential visit by Mr Abadi to Iran.
Abadi's comment came a week after he pledged that Iraq will follow the US sanctions on Iran for the sake of protecting Iraq's interests. "It's a disloyal attitude towards the honest position of Iran and the blood of the martyrs this country has spilled to defend the land of Iraq" against militants, said Hussein.
Yet, Washington began restoring sanctions, which had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, on Iran last week.
"Iran's strategic objective in Iraq doesn't change, they want an Iraqi government that is mindful of the fact that they have to walk a tight rope in balancing multiple factions, the Kurds, the Sunnis".